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.
The Fix 50 project by Caltrans will repair a section of U.S. Highway 50 known as the W/X Viaduct. The portion carries six lanes of traffic over surface streets and other transportation infrastructure through Sacramento.
A lot more people are expected to keep their cars at home and take mass transit starting Tuesday due to construction on Highway 50.
Mayor Kevin Johnson shares his thoughts on the "Fix 50" Project and the city of Sacramento's role in making sure commuters are prepared.
The Sacramento City Council last night approved spending $1.5 million to help ease traffic congestion on city surface streets when major construction work begins later this month on Highway 50.
According to a California Traffic Safety Survey, nearly two-thirds of people were hit or nearly hit last year by someone driving while texting or talking on a cell phone. Two hundred agencies will have officers looking for distracted drivers.