Posted by Steve, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on Oct 7, 2010 at 10:55 am
My thoughts about the "express lane":
- Why would a pay lane ever reduce traffic? Any traffic reduction in normal lanes would cause a reduction in the use of the pay lane. Why would I pay if traffic has been reduced in the non-pay lanes?
- Now it isn't even free during most non-commute hours (carpool lanes were!)
- Once you get in, you can't get out for miles (unless you break the law - like the CHP I saw this morning!)
- It's located on the lightest part of the daily commute. Why wasn't it put on Northbound 680?
- Why don't they convert the 237 carpool lane into an "express lane" (because it will make 237 worse!).
- On some parts of the express lane, the buffer is almost equivalent to another lane. Could they have increased the highway with 2 more lanes at the same cost? (That probably would have reduced traffic - if that was the goal).
If the goal is to reduce traffic:
- make it free for everyone.
- put up physical, concrete barriers on either side of the lane, with some room for break downs.
- make the lane southbound in the morning and northbound at night.
- provide 1 entrance for every two freeway entrances, with a very long merge.
- provide exits only at the Sunol entrance, Mission Blvd. and Calaveras/237. (I would like to see it extended to be closer to the hwy 84 entrance).
- set the speed limit at 70 with a minimum of 55.
- ticket people going below the limit (they should be in normal lanes, not express lanes.)
I've driven on express lanes into Chicago, and they work, but they need to be real express lanes, not toll lanes. In Chicago, once you get in, you better want to go into the city, because there aren't any exits until then. (and everyone drives 70+ in it)