The video features California’s SR 91 HOT lanes, which cost anywhere from $1.50 to $9.50 to use depending on the traffic. “Sounds pricey,” says Carey, “but each day about 40,000 people pay the toll.”
“Traffic can often keep parents from picking up kids at day care on time,” says Cary. “Imagine paying five bucks for each minute you are late.” Carey interviews a man who was paying $120 a week for daycare late fees. Now he uses the HOT lanes and saves most of that, plus his time.
Just for fun, Carey gives one lucky commuter a ride to and from work by helicopter. “I had no idea what my neighborhood looked like at 5 pm,” said the commuter. For one day, his 90-minute one-way commute was reduced to 9 minutes.