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.
California agencies are discussing how to make the state’s network of rail, highways, and ports more efficient while protecting the environment.
Ride-sharing companies and the taxi industry are locked in battles throughout California – on the streets, in the state Legislature and in regulatory agencies. Neither side is happy with the status quo.
The California Senate held two hearings today as part of special legislative sessions ordered by Governor Jerry Brown. The sessions will deal with infrastructure and health financing. But some lawmakers wonder what they will accomplish.
The latest AAA holiday travel survey finds more than 4.8 million Californians are expected to get out of town over the Fourth of July weekend. That’s relatively flat from last year, up only by 0.5 percent.
California lawmakers are turning their attention to fixing the state’s crumbling roads. Assembly Republicans threw their plan into the mix Monday.