OAKLAND (KCBS) – Cameras are going to be installed on the only Bay Area freeway carpool lane where drivers can pay a toll or use it for free if carpooling.

Drivers with a FasTrak transponder are charged during commute hours on the 14-mile stretch of Interstate 680 from Pleasanton to Milpitas.

Andrew Fremier with the Bay Area Toll Authority said there are too many carpool violators and the California Highway Patrol is having a tough time with enforcement.

“The combination of visually seeing occupancy and the acceptance of a valid toll tag is how they determine proper use of that lane,” said Fremier. “But it’s turning out to be very cumbersome.”

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

The Bay Area Toll Authority said they are going to spend $100,000 on a camera system to see if that helps solve the problem.

The agency plans to unveil the camera and related computer technology sometime this fall.

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Comments (7)
  1. Rü$╫ says:

    They cant issue you a ticket unless they have an officer present remember that my people.

    1. MadScotsman says:

      If that were the case, red light cameras would be a big fail. But since they’re not, I doubt your argument would carry much weight in court. … Cheers, Neil.

  2. holly says:

    Maybe they should quit being so greedy and putting thier hands in our pockets at every chance, and turn it back into a much needed regular commute lane.Problem solved!

  3. Charles says:

    Sure, Holly. There were no problems with traffic on 680 before this. This is the best idea I’ve heard of in a long time. At a minimum $385 for a carpool violation, they would need to issue 259 tickets to recoup their $100K investment and begin to start putting money back in the coffers of the public sector. I like the idea of making money on morons who don’t think they have to pay and that somehow they are better than the other commuters out there.

  4. Marten says:

    I don’t drive much, but they need to do this with all carpool lanes too, because when I do drive there are alot of one people autos in the carpool lanes.

  5. Self says:

    So to fix the traffic problem, let’s take away a lane for only a very small group and then charge that group to use the fee. And then spend $100,000 to try to enforce it.

    What’s wrong with our government. What’s wrong with you people you are proponents of carpool lanes and more taxes and fees for something we already pay for in our taxes!!!

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