I-680 Express Lane debate continues with readers
QI got a kick out of all of the people complaining about the new Interstate 680 Express Lanes.
Apparently, some people think that they should be able to drive wherever and whenever they want, regardless of the effect on other people or the environment.
I recognize that congestion is not a lot of fun for anyone. However, there are some simple ways to avoid it, by making relatively minor changes in one’s driving behavior:
• Simply reduce the number of discretionary trips by combining a number of errands into one trip where possible.
• Avoid driving during peak traffic times
• Drive with someone else when you can.
• Replace your gaspowered vehicle with one that does not burn fossil fuels.
• Be willing to pay a bit more for the privilege of driving down the road alone in a gasoline-burning vehicle, especially during peak traffic times. — Andy Scharlach, Alamo
AThat is the Express Lane option. Andy drives a 2014 Chevy Volt, so the toll lane is his lane — free.
QWhat a huge waste of money. Express Lanes rarely are faster than the regular flow of traffic and seem to only include two passengers and carpool allowed vehicles — neither providing revenue. — Michael Dunbar, Alamo
AI too think the revenue may not be that great, after factoring in costs for extra CHP enforcement and construction. However, those in charge of the toll lanes on Highway 237 predict that it will raise $1 billion over two decades. That is nothing to sneeze about if it comes true.
QI read the article about the I- 680 Express Lanes between Dublin and Walnut Creek. I drive this stretch once or twice a week. I’ve noticed drivers weaving in and out of the Express Lane.
I finally figured out that they would enter the Express Lane just after the FasTrak sensor and exit just before the next sensor. They would do this the entire length of the Express Lane.
Also, the number of drivers wearing headphones or earbuds on both ears is truly alarming. — Ben Miyaji, Pittsburg
AThese have been leading complaints by other drivers. I suspect this first stunt will ease over time, as been the case on Interstate 580 and I- 680 through Fremont. As for earbuds and headphones, arrgh.
QOne evening the Express Lane worked to my advantage. I got on the freeway in Danville heading toward Dublin.
There was an accident right before Acosta, which per my GPS was going to make me late for my dinner meeting.
I paid 50 cents to use the Express Lane and arrived 5 minutes early. — Mike Garcia
AEarlier is always best, especially when the cost is a measly 50 cents.