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MAP: 110 Freeway 'FasTrak' express lanes take a toll on drivers starting Nov. 10

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The rules of the 110 Freeway are set to change late Saturday, Nov. 1o or early Sunday, Nov. 11 when "Metro ExpressLanes" – L.A. County's first toll lanes – opens for your carpooling and solo driving pleasure.

Yes, the 110 Freeway – Los Angeles' great leveler, the concrete quicksand of nihilistic equality where a guy in a spray-painted Louis Vuitton Oldsmobile suffers the same slough as the mogul in a Maserati – will soon have a pay-to-play alternative to the stop-and-go traffic.

The transportation authority's ExpressLanes program is an 11-mile makeover/rebranding of some High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) roadway on the Harbor Freeway, into High Occupany Toll (HOT) lanes. Existing carpool regulations will still apply, but solo drivers willing to pay for privileged access can also use the lanes.


Man shot from another car while driving on the 110 freeway through Torrance

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File photo of gridlocked drivers on the 110 freeway

The California Highway Patrol reports this evening that a man driving through Torrance was shot in the head by someone in another car on the 110 freeway.

Plancentia resident Anh Tram Nguyen, 21, was shot at about 2:45 p.m. today, according to reports. TV news helicopter footage showed a black Honda coupe on the side of the highway with a single bullet hole in its driver-side window.

A CBS report said Nguyen might have been hit in the ear, either by the bullet or debris when it went through the window. He was apparently able to pull over and call 911, and KTLA reports that he was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and is listed in stable condition.

The incident happened on northbound 110, either on or near the Figueroa Street onramp. The shooter has not been identified, and CHP investigators have not yet given a description of the vehicle.