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.
Vehicles colliding with wildlife is costing California more than $225 million annually, according to a new study from UC Davis. The study suggests that money could go into building ways for wildlife to cross roads safely.
A major thoroughfare in Elk Grove and South Sacramento County will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. Work crews will block Calvine Road from Power Inn to Elk Grove-Florin roads so that they can repair tracks at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing
Sacramento Regional Transit added 25 transit agents this summer and the agency is reporting a decline in people not paying for rides. Officials say they’re also seeing cleaner, quieter trains.
The City of Sacramento has created a 20-year transportation master plan that would do away with several one-way thoroughfares and would create more bike lanes.
Riding Sacramento Regional Transit light rail and buses will be more expensive beginning tomorrow.