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December 27, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Pay-to-use HOV lanes in King Co. turning a profit

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Pay-to-use carpool lanes in King County are finally turning a profit for the state.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that the so-called HOT lanes on state highway 167 between Auburn and Renton are making money after three years of red ink.

The improved fortune is both a mix of new bookkeeping and more drivers willing to pay for the emptier lanes.

The state Department of Transportation says it is spending less on the lanes because now overhead costs are spread among more projects.

But also because the average number of drivers on Tuesdays through Thursdays – the most consistent traffic days – topped 3,000 starting in March, up from just more than 2,000 a year earlier.

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