OGDEN, Utah — The Utah Department of Transportation says it is considering doubling or tripling Interstate 15 Express Lanes toll rates.

The Standard-Examiner reports (http://bit.ly/2xRgsLK ) the proposed increase for single-occupant users is an effort to reduce congestion on the lanes. The idea was presented to the state transportation commissioners earlier this month.

The system charges solo drivers a fee based on current traffic conditions. The price is higher when I-15 is more congested.

The department is considering raising the maximum toll rate from $1 per segment to $2 per segment.

Commissioners say the department’s proposed increase may be too low to deter solo drivers from the express lanes. Instead they would like to raise it to $2.50 per segment or higher.

The commissioners could vote on the increase as early as Oct. 13.

Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

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