Managed Lane System: News & Updates
- February 23, 2013 - Los Angeles I-10 Metro ExpressLanes officially open to the public. The project converts existing HOV lanes on the I-10 from Alameda Street/Union Station to I-605 into ExpressLanes. Operational practices are the same as the I-110 Metro ExpressLanes. All vehicles accessing the Metro ExpressLanes are required to carry a FasTrak® transponder. Vehicles with three or more persons (HOV 3+) will be able to use the Metro ExpressLanes toll-free at all hours. Vehicles with two persons (HOV 2) will pay a toll during peak hours (5am-9am; 4pm-7pm), but will have toll-free use during off-peak hours. Single occupant vehicles will have the option to use the Metro ExpressLanes but will be charged a toll. For more information, please visit the Metro ExpressLanes website.
- February 21, 2013 - motorcycles are no longer required to carry a FasTrak® transponder to access the Metro ExpressLanes.
- November 10, 2012 - Los Angeles I-110 Metro ExpressLanes officially open to the public. The project converts existing HOV lanes on the I-110 from 182nd Street/Harbor Gateway Transit Center to Adams Boulevard into ExpressLanes. All vehicles accessing the Metro ExpressLanes are required to carry a FasTrak® transponder. Vehicles with two or more persons (HOV 2+) will be able to use the Metro ExpressLanes toll-free at all hours. Single occupant vehicles will have the option to use the Metro ExpressLanes but will be charged a toll. For more information, please visit the Metro ExpressLanes website.
- March 20, 2012 - Santa Clara County open its first Express Lanes along the SR-237 and I-880 connector. The facility covers between just south of Dixon Landing Road on I-880 and North First Street on SR 237. Vehicles with two or more persons (HOV 2+) continue to access the facility free of charge. Single occupant vehicles may use the Express Lanes by paying a toll. For more information, please visit the Silicon Valley Express Lanes website.
- November 7, 2011 - Study: New tolls reduce Bay Bridge rush hour congestion. Click HERE for full article in the Contra Costa Times.
- September 20, 2011 - Bay Area I-680 Express Lane celebrate its first year anniversary with rising usage. Click HERE for more details.
- September 9, 2011 - The Metropolitan Transportatino Commission (MTC) Planning Committee unanimously approved MTC Resolution No. 4030, which authorizes the Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority (BAIFA) to submit an application to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) for authority to develop and implement an express lane facility on portions of l-80, I-880, I-680 and the Dumbarton and San Mateo-Hayward bridge approaches. The resolution now goes to the full MTC Commission, which will consider the item at its monthly meeting on September 28, 2011.
- May 1, 2011 - California hybrid "yellow" decal program will expire after June 30, 2011. DMV will mail out a 60 days notification to all registered decal owners. Zero emission "white" decal will remain valid until January 1, 2015. For more information on the types of vehicles that qualify for clean air decals, please visit the California Air Resource Board web site http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm.
- September 20, 2010 - The first Express Lane in northern California will open on I-680 between Highway 84 in Sunol to Highway 237 in Milpitas. This 14-mile facility will now allow solo drivers to pay a toll (via FasTrak® transponder) to utilize extra capacity in the carpool lane anytime between 5am and 8pm. The toll will vary according to demand ("congestion pricing") to make sure the Express Lane keeps moving and motorists get time savings. In fact, since solo drivers can choose to take the Express Lane or the general purpose lanes, congestion should be improved on all lanes due to this project. This is an exciting project that is only the first of what is planned to be a network of Express Lanes throughout the Bay Area.
- August 30, 2010 - Senate Bill 535 (2010) was signed into law to extend the current expiration date of "Yellow" Decal for hybrids to July 1, 2011, extends the current expiration of "White" Decal for SULEV/ILEV (including electric vehicles) to January 1, 2015, and calls for a new decal program for 40,000 Enhanced AT-PZEVs ("plug-in hybrids") beginning January 1, 2012 through January 1, 2015. This new decal program, which would be administered by the Department of Motor Vehicles, will not go into effect until California receives federal approval and the Air Resources Board certifies which vehicles qualify.
- July 6, 2010 - Assembly Bill 1500 (2010) is signed into law to extend the expiration date for "White" Decals for SULEV/ILEV(i.e. electric & natural gas vehicles) until January 1, 2015.
- Beginning July 1, 2010, HOV motorists will pay a $2.50 toll to cross San Francisco Bay Area bridges. Cash transaction will not be available. HOV motorists must use a FasTrak toll tag to pay their tolls.