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Santa Clara Leaders Move Forward WIth Toll Lanes For Busy 101 Stretch

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SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — Drivers in the South Bay hoping for a faster commute may soon be able to buy it.

Santa Clara leaders are moving ahead with plans to install toll lanes along the entire length of U.S. 101 from Morgan Hill to the San Mateo County line, with some places getting two lanes.

“All of it added up is about 66 miles. These are long corridors,” said John Ristow of the Valley Transportation Authority.

With the ongoing tech boom in Silicon Valley, that stretch has turned into one of the biggest traffic headaches in the Bay Area.

The hope is that instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on new highway lanes, new technology and pricing can maximize what already exists.

The price of the faster lanes would range from 30-cents, up to $3 depending on the time of day, and length of the ride.

“We put that money back into the corridor for transit services, extending the system, making other improvements,” Ristow said.

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