A bill drafted to facilitate the creation of high-occupancy toll lanes on the State Route 91 freeway in Riverside County cleared the Assembly Monday on a 74-to-1 vote. The Senate has already approved the bill, but it will need to reconsider it because of technical amendments added in the Assembly.

The Orange County Transportation Authority currently operates a variable-toll lane on its portion of the 91 freeway. The express lanes were originally built as a public-private partnership, but OCTA bought out the private owners in 2003 to remove what had become a politically unpopular non-compete clause that limited the ability to expand the non-toll lanes on the highway.

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