California bill would transfer toll collections

| Friday, August 30, 2002

California legislation that would allow the Orange County Transportation Agency to collect tolls was unanimously approved Aug. 28 by the Senate Appropriations Committee and is expected to go to the Senate floor this week.

AB1010, authored by Assemblyman Lou Correa (D-Anaheim) requires Caltrans to transfer the franchise agreement for the Route 91 toll road from the private operator currently operating the toll road to the Orange County Transportation Authority. Under present law, the private entity operating the toll road could continue to collect tolls after its contract expires.

The road in question is the 10-mile 91 express lanes at the median of the Riverside Freeway. After picking up the contract, the OCTA would then collect tolls to pay off tollway debt.

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