Cars pass through the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Several Changes Planned As GG Bridge Switches To All Electric Tolls

Road Crews will prepare the Golden Gate Bridge this weekend for the switch to the all-electronic tolls going into effect on Wednesday. There will be many changes that commuters will have to adjust to.


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Marin Carpool Lane Violator Says Corporation Counts As Passenger

A San Rafael man pulled over for driving alone in the carpool lane is fighting the traffic ticket on the grounds that he was riding with a corporation.


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South Bay Drivers May Opt To Pay Toll For HOT Lanes

Solo drivers passing through one of Milpitas’ most congested areas will now have the option of breezing through an express lane, but it will cost them.


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Santa Rosa Pickup Driver With Dog In Carpool Lane Arrested For DUI

California Highway Patrol officers who pulled over a man driving with only his dog in the carpool lane Tuesday evening on U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Rosa arrested the man after he failed a sobriety test, CHP officials said.


Workers cycle past the San Francisco Ferry Building

Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill To Expand Commuter Benefits

The bill was modeled after local ordinances already adopted in San Francisco, Berkeley and Richmond mandating that employers either subsidize workers’ carpool or public transit expenses, or provide bus service or other free transportation to work.


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Bay Area Carpooling On The Decline

Census data show that participation in carpooling in California has declined over the past 30 years despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent on programs to increase the practice.

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A California 'clean air vehicle' sticker is seen on the front bumper of a Toyota Prius on May 6, 2011 in San Rafael. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Hybrid Drivers Lose Carpool Sticker Perk

Bay Area hybrid drivers may be in for a surprise during their back-to-work commute, now that their gold carpool lane access stickers have expired.


A California 'clean air vehicle' sticker is seen on the front bumper of a Toyota Prius on May 6, 2011 in San Rafael. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Hybrid Vehicles Owners Bid Farewell To Carpool Lane Perk

Come July 1, drivers can no longer zip solo in a California carpool lane simply by displaying the telltale yellow “clean air vehicle” on their car’s rear bumper.


San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge (AP)

Cost-Conscious Drivers Avoiding Higher Bay Bridge Toll

Plenty of commuters are changing their driving habits because of the new, higher toll to cross the span into San Francisco.



Phil Matier: New Express Lanes

The KCBS and Chronicle insider weighs in on the just-opened “express lane,” which allows solo drivers to pay for privileges on a stretch of a Bay Area carpool lane. Is this the wave of the future?