SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Transportation planners are moving forward on the first phase of a major regional project to create a network of express lanes along Bay Area highways.
Transit planners are hopeful that express lanes – carpool lanes that solo drivers could use for a fee – will help ease congestion on Bay Area freeways. Commuters are hopeful that express lanes will help ease their frustration when they look to their left and see a seemingly empty – or little used – lane on the highway.
Work has begun on a 90-mile stretch of what will become express lanes on Interstates 80, 680, 880 and the East Bay approaches to the Dumbarton and San Mateo bridges. These express lanes are expected to be operational by 2015, representing completion of the first phase of what Bay Area transportation officials say is a long-term plan to create 500 miles of express lanes.