NEW 680 SOUTHBOUND TOLL LANE EPIC FAILURE
Original post made by Curious, Del Prado, on Sep 20, 2010
Traffic backed up for miles into Pleasanton and Dublin due to shorter Hwy 84 merge lane onto 680.
Fasttrack users who were traveling in the non-toll #2 lane were charged due to their proximity to the sensors.
Complete lack of enforement by CHP allowed single drivers with Fasttrack to poach toll lane.
Drivers with empty/fake Fasttrack transponders utilized lane without any consequences.
Carpoolers were delayed by single occupant vehicles trying to navigate the new lane and enter/exit points.
Toll lane users exiting at Mission did not benefit since they were forced to wait at long backup at the Mission offramp.
Non-toll/HOV traffic flowed freely from 84 all the way to 237. There was no need to pay the toll charge to utilize the lane.
This project received priortitization over other more needed freeway improvements (eg. northbound 680 HOV lane) due to heavy lobbying by corporate interests in Silicon Valley.