Urban planners have found that congestion can be eased by giving drivers the option of paying to bypass clogged lanes.
Chadi Chazbek with the transportation consulting group HNTB says existing free lanes can be converted to toll lanes “to improve mobility in the corridor, provide a fast and more reliable travel time provide a mobility option for people who choose to use the lane.”
Toll lanes are operating in parts of Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Drivers can use their fast track sensors to pay the toll. And expansion is planned for the lanes in both regions.
State transportation leaders say they’re discussing other ideas this week like selling more bonds for road and bridge improvements and using state cap and trade money for public transit expansion.
A new bill would require every California bicyclist to wear a helmet or pay a $25 fine. Existing law only requires minors under 18 to wear helmets.
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was on the Google campus in Mountain View yesterday talking about how to meet the nation's future transportation problems.
Last night, the Sacramento Regional Transit Board of Directors approved moving ahead with improvements for light rail and bus service.
Light rail stations in Sacramento could be a lot cleaner and safer in the next several months.
The California Department of Transportation has released an updated guide to statewide highway improvement projects.