New East Bay Express Lanes Offer Faster Commutes, At A Price

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 (Alameda County Transportation Commission)

Nearly 14 miles of new express lanes are set to open along Interstate Highway 580 through Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton later this month. Planners say that the $55 million project is the first step in a massive infrastructure overhaul to ease traffic congestion in the region. The lanes will be free for carpools and will be available for solo drivers who pay a toll ranging from about $2 to $13, depending on congestion. Critics have dubbed such lanes as "Lexus lanes," arguing that they are unfairly accessible to only those who can afford them. We'll discuss the new program, which will require drivers to have a FasTrak transponder.


Michael Cabanatuan, transportation writer, San Francisco Chronicle

Tess Lengyel, deputy director of policy and planning, Alameda County Transportation Commission