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.
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.
The "Fix-It-50" viaduct project on U.S. 50 through Sacramento will start in three-and-a-half weeks. Cal Trans is warning drivers to expect their commutes will take at least an hour longer.