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Southbound I-680 toll lane to open Monday

Original post made on Sep 19, 2010

The Bay Area's first "express lane" is scheduled to open at 5 a.m., Monday, Sept. 20 in the southbound lanes of Interstate 680 in unincorporated Alameda County near Fremont.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, September 19, 2010, 12:41 PM

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Posted by prop187_imlaw
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm

scum sucking libs have now gotten the foot in the door to start to charging you more money to operate you car on highways we already pay up the rear to maintain. this is just the beginning. you think your being taxed now?? wait till they finish their plans to collect big bucks from all the motorists to use the freeways. they wont be free any more!!!

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Danville
on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:51 pm

It would be nice if the money went right back into the roads, but our roads suck despite the billions paid in gas and tab taxes. This is just more money for their failed pension schemes and now they want to charge by the mile and mile-per-hour. What a joke.

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Posted by bob
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2010 at 8:56 am

Whoa prop 187,

You don't have to be a right wing wack-o to believe that the use of our tax dollars to build a "moron lane", as opposed to the more popular term lexus lane, is another pathetic example of the contempt with which the members of the MTC hold the citizens of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Let's see if we all understand.

Voters, for better or worse, are asked to vote to increase gas taxes, road taxes and pass bond issues to fund transportation "improvements".

A part of that whole debate involves carpool lanes.(in my opinion a good thing even though I sit in the congested lanes during my commute)

Presto Change-O - the idiots in charge decide it would be a great idea to use that money to build a "special" lane for the truly important people in our area. (Those would be the ones who can afford to pay the toll.)

Look up the members of the MTC, who are elected officials and REMEMBER the names until the next election.
Send them a message. GO AWAY !

Anyone out there who wants to pay their taxes twice should just send a check to Sacramento.

At least that way we can make sure there is enough money for these same idiots to retire at 40 with full pay.

Just my humble opinion

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

This is just the beginning of the end. (More tolls will follow.)

"freeways" for all people--paid for by the general, regular transportation budget-- used to be am admired CA trait and benefit. bye-bye to that.

I like how Bob said it:
"Voters, for better or worse, are asked to vote to increase gas taxes, road taxes and pass bond issues to fund transportation "improvements"."

I'll add that:
We sit in construction traffic for years. Then learn that the"improvements" (carpool lanes, toll lanes) will be used to benefit certain special interest groups and concepts (unproven, flawed, bad governmental ideas).

However, I think carpool lanes are a part of the same problematic concepts that have been forced upon us (while the regular roadways deteriorate).

Thanks for nothing CA politicians and Cal Trans!

Is there no one else who thinks these lanes are terrible!?! (there certainly doesn't seem to be an easy way to protest or stop them.)

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Posted by Bob K
a resident of Danville
on Sep 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm

As someone who has commuted over the Sunol grade daily for ten years I can say I think the toll lane is a stupid idea. I also think car pool lanes aren't the best idea either. Just open all the lanes to all the people all the time and start aggressively giving tickets to people who are going too slow. These are the people that cause traffic jams.

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Posted by Psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:45 am

Heard on TV news that Cal Trans plans to open additional toll roads all around the Bay Area in the coming future with some immediate locations in the works (didn't catch the name of the first coming location).

How do we stop Cal Trans?
How do we even get to them?

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

This toll lane has worsened the commute for everyone!! How does Caltrans have the authority to spend tax payer money to degrade service? With the room they opened up, they could've easily just added a new lane. I agree with PSmacintosh, we need a way to hold caltrans accountable for this myopic work effort and put a stop to additional toll roads.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Sep 22, 2010 at 11:38 pm

the traffic is definite worse off by a lot. notice one of the bureaucrat can't make it to the ceremony on time due to traffic, hehe. still waiting for a good suggestion on what we can do about this insanity.

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