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Metering lights increase congestion

Original post made by Curious, Del Prado, on Sep 7, 2011

The recently activated metering lights on the Bernal and Sunol southbound onramps to 680 are having the opposite of the intended purpose of relieving traffic congestion. Every morning for the past few weeks, cars queuing up for their turn to join the crawl down 680 to Sunol, are backing up the ramps spilling onto Bernal and Sunol impeding traffic and causing potential unsafe situations.

The metering lights were intended to mitigate traffic congestion, but are now contributing to the problem. When will CalTrans and our Supervisor Scott Haggerty wake up and realize, both the Luxury Toll Lane and metering lights are abject failures. Worker productivity and quality of life for those struggling through the morning commute have dramatically decreased since the opening of the toll lane and now the metering lights are adding to the misery.

I urge all of you who commute to the South Bay to write or call Supe Haggerty and express your feelings on these traffic "improvements".

Scott Haggerty
(510) 272-6691
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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm

When the metering lights first were activated, my commute time increased on the average 5 minutes. Now my commute time has increased on average 8 minutes.

It use to take 10 minutes to get to i680 from Santa Rita/Stoneridge area. It now takes 18 to 20 minutes, 10 minutes of which are spent going from Valley/Bernal intersection to the metering light.

What is really sad is that I just learned that CalTrans had planned to add a carpool lane to northbound i680 in 2005. Then some stupid politician from Fremont rammed through this idiotic Express Lane idea killing the northbound carpool lane. The northbound carpool lane was slated to cost 132 million dollars. To add the Express Lane cost 180 million dollars. So for an extra 52 million dollars the commuter got the Express Lane which slowed down traffic and no northbound lane. So instead of getting rid of congestion our local politicians, mainly Scott Haggerty, has given hundreds of millions away to accomplish absolutely nothing.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 8, 2011 at 8:42 am

We need Scott Haggerty to explain the results.

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Posted by Business in Pleasanton
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 8, 2011 at 9:00 am

I can very much vouch for the back-up traffic conditions since I pass this every work day. The people that put this system in place need to put themselves into this traffic for about a week and then they will understands their blunder.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

Its miserable!!! They should of taken all the money they spent on these metering lights and the money they put into the "pay Lane" and added a car pool lane going North. More people will car pool if there was a lane in both directions. This morning the first metering light said it was $7.00 to get to Calaveras, thats just insane.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:01 am

whenever i feel congested i take a cherry cough drop...

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Posted by Thomas
a resident of Las Positas
on Sep 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

Curious. I agree it is frustrating but, just a side note. State metering lights run by CalTrans are solely for the purpose of mitigating traffic on the freeways. Not to mitigate traffic on city streets.

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Posted by reformed_republican
a resident of another community
on Sep 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

Just do what I did....Quit your job, collect unemployment & support your local union by shopping at Safeway. You can use your EBT card to buy cigs & alcohol to relieve your stress!! Boy it's great being taken of by the government!! What was I thinking.....

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Stoneridge
on Sep 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

Wait . . . it gets better. Caltrans plans to convert all carpool lanes to toll lanes in the bay area. If once is a mistake, and twice is stupid, what does this make Caltrans?

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Posted by Telly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Scott Haggerty is a dolt -- specifically a dolt with a burr up this a** for Pleasanton. Now that Pleasanton is not in his district, I suspect he will be trying to hose Pleasanton with twice the enthusiasm. Hopefully, Dublin and Livermore will soon realize what a dolt he is, and vote the dolt out of office.

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Posted by Telly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Its incumbent on us to find out which dolt politicians, environmental wackos, and asundry left-wing loons support more Lexus Lanes in the Bay Area and come down on them like a dumpster of fresh horse hoddy from the top jettisoned from the top of Half Dome. Think of it as giving them a whole load of organic in one fell swoop.

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Posted by McDaddy
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Sep 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm

What am I missing here?

The First Supervisorial District includes: Cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, most of Fremont and a portion of Dublin and Sunol.

We are still in Haggerty's district unless his site is incorrect? Has redistricting taken place?

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Posted by Stop the insanity
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I use to commute down 680 for years. I flew down the left lane and signaled 'move over' to any driver that wasn't flying.
3 weeks ago Fri am, I was on 680, heading South to 101, to Monterey. Around the Mission grade, I became aware my lane was clogged up, and the left lane, a few inches left of me, was clear. I started to get over then I saw diamonds, and thought well that's only for worst 'commute hours'. Then shortly, I saw signs about cost to go a bit further. The insanity hit me. This is that lane nobody uses. Such a waste of taxpayers $$. Empty as far as I could see, but heavy use for all the other lanes. I screamed, how can they be that stupid? Who elects these idiots? the stupidity is intolerable. Why do we allaw they to ruin our lives,

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Posted by Beats me!
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 10, 2011 at 12:16 am

Why do we allaw they to ruin our lives,

Their all dolts. All of them. Dolts. All the dolts are dolts. Including the asundry incumbent ones.

Get out of my way!

I'm going on welfare, because that's the good life. Didn't you know? They even let you smoke and sip a glass of wine!

If you drive a Lexus, expect it to be keyed by unionists if you park in the Safeway parking lot.

Pleasanton. Center of the universe.

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 10, 2011 at 10:42 am

I believe the new disricts are in effect now. They went into effect 30 days after final approval which happened July 26.

So, Scott Haggerty is not the supervisor for Pleasanton anymore.

The question is though, Has freeway traffic congestion on 680 improved or not? If freeway congestion has not improved, there is no reason for metering. The effect of metering is transfer congestion off the freeway to city streets. Which is more important?

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Posted by Pippin
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Sep 10, 2011 at 10:59 am

It's the fault of the unionized Highway Patrol.

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Posted by Macro Chao
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Complaining here helps nothing. Our anger won't reach to those who responsible for the mess. We have to do something more.

The express lane is a total failure. It wastes tax payer's $$ improving nothing at best. It definitely made commute a lot worse, and metering lights do not seem to help at all.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Sep 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

"Beats Me!" has nailed the hammer on the head.

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Posted by Raenette
a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:54 am

My commute involves 280, 85 and 17. I avoid all of them as much as possible because they are all nightmares. Diamond lanes were made to encourage ridesharing commutes A LONG TIME AGO, but obviously haven't worked and never will. SOLUTION Get rid of them. Metering lights to get on a freeway? How smart is that? DMV rules say to enter freeway you should going the same speed as the flow of traffic. When you are forced to come to a complete stop at a metered light, unless you have a Corvette or Porsche, it is difficult to reach 65-70 MPH by the time your temporary lane ends, thus creating both a road hazard and a lot of red lights as you attempt to merge onto the freeway. These are both stupid and need to change!