The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Thursday that Los Angeles will get 210million U.S. dollars in federal money to ease freeway congestion and improve bus service.
This will be the largest grant from the department to ease congestion in any city to date, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters said in a statement.
The grant will be used to convert existing carpool lanes to high- occupancy toll lanes, with tolls adjusting according to congestion levels, Peters said.
"Los Angeles' willingness to try something new will mean less traffic, better transit and a cleaner environment," she said.
Peters said the money would also be used to pay for new bus service and improve park-and-ride facilities.