Public Meeting for Proposed I-680 Express Lanes

The meeting will be held tonight at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight at the San Ramon Community Center, located at 12501 Alcosta Blvd.

Screenshot of  Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority website
Screenshot of Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority website
By Bay City News—

Bay Area transportation officials will meet with the public in San Ramon this evening to discuss a plan to put more express lanes on Interstate Highway 680 in an effort to keep traffic moving.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Caltrans are
proposing converting current high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes into express
lanes that would be open to solo motorists willing to pay a toll, according
to the MTC.

The express lanes would replace HOV lanes on southbound Highway
680 from Rudgear Road in Walnut Creek to Alcosta Boulevard in San Ramon and on northbound Highway 680 from Alcosta Boulevard to the Livorna Road exit in Alamo.

MTC officials say the express lanes would be free for the same motorists currently allowed in HOV lanes, including carpools, vanpools and buses, and would also be open to solo drivers who pay a toll to use the lane.

The proposed changes are intended to ease congestion on the busy commuter highway, where traffic is projected to slow by about 5 miles per hour during peak morning commute hours and by about 10 miles during the evening commute by 2015, according to Lisa Klein, manager of the MTC's Express Lanes program.

Community members are invited to learn more about the express lanes proposal and provide their input at an MTC meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the San Ramon Community Center at Central Park, located at 12501 Alcosta Blvd.

Those who cannot attend in person are invited to visit an online
public meeting at www.BAIFAexpresslanes.org held today through Feb. 13.

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Peter Villalobos March 02, 2014 at 01:10 AM
Yes,well if you really WANT to keep traffic moving,understand that this area and it's limited space cannot play host to every single person that desires to reside here,at the expense of the quality of life for those that have lived here for decades.Including those Old Growth Eucalyptus Trees that you people are planning on hacking down in order to widen Interstate 680.The"Scenic Route'is lookin a LOT less "Scenic",San Ramon Valley Residents.In case you haven't noticed!
Janice P Ellis March 04, 2014 at 11:39 PM
Your comment reminded me of the San Ramon that was when I moved to this beautiful city in 1989, Peter. The population was 24,000. A few weeks after I moved here, I was driving near Bishop Ranch on Bollinger Canyon Road during the afternoon commute - and there were just short of a dozen vehicles on the road. I knew a great little secret like San Ramon wouldn't stay a secret for long, but, as we're pushing 80,000 residents now, things have gotten a little crowded. You can only cram so much into 11 square miles. And, I don't know if anyone has noticed, but drivers who use the 680 Express lanes have obviously taken the term express to the extreme, which I got a little taste of over this past weekend. (Don't have to drive on 680 south often, thank God). I'm not a slow driver by ANY stretch of the imagination, but as soon as we got to where the express lane opened up, I literally got smoked by drivers using it. Obviously, the word express to the majority of drivers using the express lane means driving 90 mph+. That may keep traffic moving, but, at what cost?


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