Toll Lanes To Ease Silicon Valley Traffic Congestion

SAN JOSE (KCBS)— The interchange between highways 880 and 237 in north San Jose and Milpitas is considered one of the most clogged commuter areas in Silicon Valley. But relief could soon be headed that way in the form of toll lanes.

The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is turning the carpool lanes connecting the two highways into toll lanes that will go into operation at the end of February.

VTA Spokeswoman Jennie Loft said if you’re a solo driver, you can soon drive in the carpool lane for a price.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

“When you get on the express lanes in that corridor, you’re charged a certain fee and the fee can be as low as fifty cents to a higher number depending on congestion,” Loft said.

The average charge will be about $3 and drivers will be charged through a FasTrak electronic type device on their cars

The toll lanes will go from 880 near Dixon Landing Road, west to 237 around Zanker Road. Lanes will go in both directions.

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