Posted by Steve, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm
So Dan and Vanessa are willing to pay $12 each way for saving 20 minutes? (That's $6 to Scott Creek, and likely $6 to Great America)
I thought the express lane was supposed to ease traffic. All it has done is provide access to the car pool lane for a price. Why do we have car pool lanes again? Isn't it for encouraging people to carpool? Is that still the goal?
Does the express lane just allow wealthy progressives to feel good about encouraging car pooling without having to do it themselves?
Posted by Dan, a resident of the Bridle Creek neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm
I am middle class (by CA standards), conservative, and have paid a grand total of $8.50 based on 1 RT and 1 one-way commute in the last 2 days.
So, well, you've struck out on those points.
And no, silly, the express lane was designed to wring every bit of revenue out of self-admitted suckers like me, who naively think that spending more quality time at home or work is worth the additional expense. They only TELL you that its to ease traffic, when in fact IT NEVER DOES. Notice that?
I'm am being slightly theatrical and sarcastic with the above paragraph.
My time savings have been ~50 minutes but I only have 2 data points so far.
Given the numbers, I think it'll cost me $25 a week on average and save me 2.5 hours. That rolls up to ~$1250 and 125 hours(3 weeks) a year.