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 Sacramento Regional Transit District rolled out newly refurbished light rail cars on Tuesday, adding capacity to the transit system. The refurbished cars have updated communication and safety features.
California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $3.6 billion road repair plan on Thursday, largely by asking vehicle owners to pay an annual $65 highway user fee.
Governor Jerry Brown says it’s obvious California’s crumbling roads must be repaired. Today he said he and the Legislature would come up with a plan. But he’s not sure what that plan will be.
The California Legislature is holding a special legislative session to address the state's multi-billion dollar backlog of deferred road maintenance. Today cities and counties released their priorities for the session.
California agencies are discussing how to make the state’s network of rail, highways, and ports more efficient while protecting the environment.