Lexus lane

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Lexus (a brand of luxury automobile) + lane

Noun[edit]

Lexus lane (plural Lexus lanes)

  1. (slang) A toll-charging express lane on a public highway.
    • 2006 May 21, “Uncrowding the Lane”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      There are many obvious reasons why this would be problematic, ranging from the inadequacy of existing local roads and mass transit to handle diverted travelers to the probability that a "high-occupancy toll" lane would become an elitist "Lexus lane" barrelling people to the Hamptons in record time.
    • 2012 November 17, Steve Lopez, “Doing the math on 'Lexus lanes'”, in Los Angeles Times[2], ISSN 0458-3035:
      As for the Lexus lane charge, UCLA transportation guru Brian Taylor argued that toll lanes aren't a bad deal for low-income people.
    • 2014 February 21, Nicholas Sakelaris, “Taking a toll: Life in the "Lexus lane"”, in Dallas Business Journal[3]:
      Critics say the sudden reliance on so-called “Lexus lanes” sells out public infrastructure to a foreign, for-profit company with unlimited tolling authority.