When drivers enter the I-405 express toll lanes or the SR 167 HOT lanes in early January, they'll notice a slight change: the toll rate signs will say "FREE" instead of "OPEN" when we are not charging tolls.
We recently took a fresh look at the signs and realized there was an opportunity for improvement. So we asked I-405 and SR 167 drivers and heard that almost 90 percent of people agreed that "FREE" made more sense.
While the new message on the signs should be clearer, everything else remains the same. You don't need a Good To Go! pass or a carpool when the signs say "FREE". It's still illegal to cross the double white lines, and the toll lanes will operate at their normal hours:
- Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the I-405 express toll lanes
- Every day from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the SR 167 HOT lanes
If you've never used the lanes before, or if you need a refresher, check out our guides. We have resources for drivers who use the express toll lanes and the HOT lanes.