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.
(AP) - The California Senate has approved more than $900 million worth of road and train projects that were promised to lawmakers in order to secure their support for a hike in gas taxes and vehicle fees.
Republican George Runner says the state’s proposed fuel tax increase "will make California gas prices the highest in the nation." PolitiFact California wades through fact and fiction on state gas prices.
It took the full negotiating power of California Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders to push their transportation funding deal across the finish line Thursday.
Gov. Jerry Brown is claiming victory after the California Legislature approved fuel tax increases and new vehicle fees to pay for road repairs and other transportation projects.
An effort is in the works to bring free transit service to the Lake Tahoe area in coming years.