Bay Area’s ‘Worst Commute’ Gets Some Relief

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Carquinez Bridge

Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge over the Carquinez Straits between Vallejo and Crockett. (AP)

HERCULES (KCBS) – A five-mile stretch of eastbound Interstate 80, from Hercules to the Carquinez Bridge, has always been known as one of the worst commutes in the Bay Area.

But now, thanks to a new carpool lane, thousands of commuters are finally getting some much-needed relief.

Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi said the 60,000 daily commuters will notice a huge difference.

“This is going to bring more efficiency to the corridor and bring more use for buses and carpools in the most congested corridor that we have in the Bay Area,” he said.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

Amy Worth of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission said that several freeway corridors cannot be expanded any further, so transportation officials are taking steps to improve conditions.

“One is by expanding the network of HOV lanes and the other way is through our SAFE program, where we provide roving tow trucks,” Worth said. “50 percent of the congestion comes from incidents on the freeway.”

Officials estimate that 2,900 commuters a day will use the new carpool lane on that section of Interstate 80.

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