October 7: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1999:  The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Caltrans and local elected officials officially opened the second segment of a car pool lane along Route 14 linking Santa Clarita with Palmdale and Lancaster.

The 10.7-mile car pool lane between San Canyon Road and Escondido Canyon Road is expected to carry approximately 4,000 persons per hour during the peak period commute.

The LACMTA is to provide all the funding for the project’s $32 million construction cost, which the project’s design is funded by Caltrans.

Over the next six years, three other High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are scheduled to open along State Route 14 with the entire 36-mile HOV corridor scheduled to be completed in 2004 at a projected cost of $127 million.