I believe "Curious" was right yesterday when she/he claimed the new toll lane was an epic fail (not quite sure the meaning of that phrase).
Online comments from the Mercury News concerning blog posts from Mr. Roadshow (Mercury News Columnist) indicated many solo drivers have already devised ways to "beat the system". 1) Keep their Fasttrack transponder in the mylar bag until/unless they are stopped 2) Tape a color photocopy of a Fasttrack transponder in their windshield 3) Move into the toll lane after the sensors and out of the toll lane before the sensors to avoid a charge 4) Disable their Fasttrack transponder 5) play the odds. CHP enforcement is minimal, if it exists at all.
Mr. Roadshow also indicated that there are NO plans for a northbound HOV/toll lane. There have been no assessments, traffic flow analysis, or EIR's conducted. No funding has been earmarked for studies or future construction.
This appears to be very poor planning on the part of Caltrans and the other government agencies responsible for spending tax-payer dollars on road improvements.