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on May 1, 2012
So does this mean that instead of there being a huge jam where 85 and 101 meet up, there will now be two huge jams? One where 85 meets 101, and another where the second carpool lane peters out?
I hope CalTrans knows what it's doing.
One of the carpool lanes should be set aside for SUVs and trucks, they get better mileage when they don't have stop n go traffic to deal with.
Any solution that encourages carpooling without making it harder for non-carpoolers gets thumbs up from me. Sounds like this fits the bill.
So this new $72 million dollar section of freeway will now restrict four (two each direction) lanes of traffic instead of only two (one in each direction)? And this is supposed to lighten the gridlock?
Or is it all about the money? By creating MORE gridlock, commuters will be 'forced' to shell out the premium charge to use one of the two restricted lanes (which I guarantee won't be moving much faster than the non-restricted lanes).
I wonder how Google feels about the prospect of all that traffic that will be diverted through their campus (along Bayshore), once people realized they can drive along Bayshore for free??
Link: Web Link
Some clarifications: the second carpool lane is an added lane, so it's really going from 2 restricted lanes out of 8 to 4 out of 11-12. Non carpoolers keep their existing lanes and get the benefit of the added merge lanes (NB 101 stays 6 lanes wide until Rengstorff, instead of 85 and Shoreline onramps both merging into the 4th lane right after Middlefield).
Utterly ridiculous. Every study conducted has shown that HOV lanes actually increase congestion (for example, Web Link), and that congestion is relieved by maximizing traffic throughput, which one does by opening up all lanes.
Doubling the number of HOV lanes will serve to decrease congestion within the HOV lanes. That's it. It won't provide any benefit to traffic throughput. Sure, it *may* provide a greater incentive to carpool, but a 3.5 mile stretch will have negligible impact.
HOV lanes seem like a good idea, but so far the research and experience shows that HOV lanes are merely a failed social experiment.
What a waste is $$$ 90% if the vehicles are in the non carpool lane. Frkn VTA.
@ Alex M - Thanks for the informative web link.
It seems that California has a new state motto: "If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is."
Last I saw, there was no troubles in the HOV lanes. Not sure why they would want to add another HOV lane since the problem is with the non HOV lanes. Another example of backwards thinking by the Gov.
VTA wastes more taxpayer money than any other government agency. We would all be better off if they were disbanded.
Here we go again. The current carpool lanes aren't full. What do we need to add a second one?
And if you've ever been to L.A., which is the only place I've ever seen double car pool lanes, their traffic is still horrible.
But you frequently see TWO carpool lanes EMPTY while sitting in that horrible traffic.
The plan to get the traffic off the highways is to get the cars off the highways. So eventually all lanes will be carpool lanes and then you'll have nice and emtpy highways. We'll all eventally be crammed into filthy buses with terrible schedule on routes that don't go anywhere near where we work.
Big Government at its best. When the first plan doesn't work, THROW MORE MONEY AT IT! We just weren't trying hard enough the first time.
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