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.
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.
After more than two years of construction and lane closures, Watt Avenue at U.S. 50 is open with a new way to get on and off the freeway and different ways to travel under it.
Governor Jerry Brown is expected to offer more details on how he’d like to deal with California’s crumbling infrastructure when he releases his budget on Friday.