By Erin Baldassari | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: December 28, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: December 29, 2018 at 6:01 am Tolls on all Bay Area bridges will rise by $1 beginning Jan. 1, more than 220,000 motorists in clean-air vehicles will no longer be able to use the carpool lanes as solo drivers, and owners of recently-purchased cars will no longer be able to use dealer plates on their cars. And those are just some of the changes facing motorists and transit riders in 2019. Bay Area voters approved the bridge toll increases in June on all Bay Area bridges except the Golden Gate, which will consider raising its fees to $9.80 cents this spring. Tolls on all other bridges will rise to $6, with the exception of the Bay Bridge, which currently charges motorists $6 during peak commute times, $4 during off-peak times and $5 on weekends. Those tolls will increase to $7 during commute hours, $5 during off-peak hours and $6 on weekends. Carpoolers on all … [Read more...] about Big changes for motorists in 2019: Bridge tolls going up, carpool lane changes and more
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By Gary Richards | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: December 5, 2018 at 11:09 am | UPDATED: December 6, 2018 at 5:30 am In an almost desperate effort to grab up every possible inch of unused concrete to get the Bay Area’s terrible traffic moving again, agencies across the region are pushing to allow buses and possibly carpools to drive on the shoulder of freeways and bridges during the heaviest commute times. Next year, the California Transit Association along with the Valley Transportation Authority, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and other planning groups will seek statewide legislation to bring this once unthinkable practice to everyday commutes. Highway 87 through San Jose, Interstate 680 in the East Bay, Highway 101 along the Peninsula, Highway 1 outside Santa Cruz, Interstate 280 in San Mateo County, and the Bay Bridge and Dumbarton Bridge are on the list of vital roads where this change could be implemented. “We think this is a … [Read more...] about Bay Area may allow buses to drive on freeway shoulders during heavy commute times
By Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE Updated 12:48 pm PST, Thursday, November 29, 2018 Traffic at the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. Traffic at the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 25 Caption Close Image 1 of 25 Traffic at the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. Traffic at the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Buy photo Toll authority: No one showed up to oppose toll increases on Bay Area bridges 1 / 25 Back … [Read more...] about Toll authority: No one showed up to oppose toll increases on Bay Area bridges
By Erin Baldassari | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: November 5, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: November 5, 2018 at 6:05 am Imagine grabbing your morning brew and plopping down in a gondola for your commute across the bay. Or buying a seat in a flying car and zooming to work while looking down on all the suckers trapped on the Bay Area’s clogged freeways. Well, keep on dreaming. But don’t look for these ideas to get underway anytime soon. They are some of the proposals a regional transportation planning agency rejected in its bid for big and bold ideas to transform the Bay Area’s roads and rails. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission hosted a competition for ideas costing $1 billion or more that could reimagine the region’s strained transportation system. The reason for the contest, an MTC spokesman told this news organization in July, is that public agencies often get tunnel vision when it comes to thinking … [Read more...] about 10 of the craziest, most futuristic ideas to fix traffic, transit in the Bay Area
Commuters slowly make their way through the traffic at the Bay Bridge toll plaza in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group Archives) Its a free-for-all as three lanes of traffic merge into one as motorists exit northbound Highway 101 at the Sir Francis Drake / Richmond bridge off ramp as the Bay Bridge closure forces motorists look for alternative routes to the east bay during the during the Friday afternoon commute on September 4, 2009. (IJ photo/Jeff Vendsel) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds A motorist in this truck appears to violate the carpool vehicle occupancy law as he/she drives on U.S. 101 southbound in San Jose, Calif. on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group) Traffic on eastbound highway 24 moves slowly due a multiple car accident on northbound Interstate 680 past the Ygnacio Valley Road ramp in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) The new … [Read more...] about That Bay Bridge commute is the worst!