News digestThe I-680 Express Lane had its first anniversary Sept. 20; half a million drivers have paid a toll electronically for a faster trip over the Sunol Grade. Express Lane speeds are 9 or 10 mph faster than the speeds in the general purpose lanes during the morning commute.
The 14-mile stretch of I-680 from Pleasanton to Milpitas is the first Express Lane in Northern California. It operates from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and is free for cars with at least two occupants. Solo drivers need a FasTrak toll tag on their windshield.
The first year of its operation, the Express Lane generated revenue of $858,328. The average number of trips is September has been 1,700 per day. The one-day peak usage was Feb. 8, at 2,324.
Friends of the Pleasanton Library is having its Fall Book Sale this weekend, a chance to improve your library, stock up on reading material, or find books to share with others. Most paperback books cost 50 cents with hardbacks going for $1. All are in good condition. All proceeds benefit the library.
The sale opens this evening from 6-9 p.m. for members only; memberships are available at the door for $10 per individual and $15 per family. The sale continues from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, at the Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.
Pleasanton elementary schools will join hundreds of schools throughout the nation the first week of October by participating in its 11th annual Walk to School Week. Valley View and Vintage Hills elementary schools will walk on Tuesday, Oct. 4; Alisal, Lydiksen and Mohr schools on Wednesday, Oct. 5; Donlon School on Thursday, Oct. 6; and Fairlands, Hearst and Walnut Grove elementary schools on Friday, Oct. 7.
The promotion is sponsored by the city of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Unified School District and the district's elementary schools. The event promotes pedestrian safety and parent involvement. It is being promoted as part of Rides to School, Pleasanton's School Traffic Calming Program. Morning celebrations with refreshments for students and parents are scheduled 30 minutes prior to the first bell at each school.