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MTC: I-680 express lanes set to open in early fall

Original post made on Jul 16, 2017

Express lanes on the Interstate 680 between San Ramon and Walnut Creek are nearing completion, scheduled to open in early fall, though a hard date has not yet been specified.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 14, 2017, 3:50 PM

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Posted by Dan Davis
a resident of Danville
on Jul 16, 2017 at 7:05 am

Now we get to pay to ride in lanes that we used to ride in for free. How exciting.
Take your time CALTRANS.

17 people like this
Posted by member
a resident of Danville
on Jul 17, 2017 at 8:14 am

I just read the preceding column. Looks too complicated and formulaic for average driver to be able to keep clear as he/she is cruising down the freeway at "65" MPH. It seems to defy the KISS philosophy of "keep it simple stupid", something that my experience has lead me to believe has a lot of common sense merit. Maybe even more sensible (as in "common") would have been to take the $45 million and apply it to deferred road maintenance rather than depending on more tax dollars to be collected and mishandled by the politicians.

7 people like this
Posted by Alamo Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 17, 2017 at 10:32 am

You can use the flex tag set on 2 or more on the San Ramon Valley 680 and not be charged. If you go from Pleasanton to San Jose you will be charged as they are on a different system. You have to cover or remove the flex tag with two or more in the car and you will not be charged. Another example of your government at work. To think we actually pay for these people to think up better ideas ??

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Posted by Frustrated
a resident of Danville
on Jul 17, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Another example of how screwed up California is getting under the control of corrupt stupid liberals. They take our tax dollars to make a road where we have to pay to use. They make it so complicated that even carpoolers will end up paying, as I have personally experienced on 580 in the Pleasanton-Livermore area, in several occasions. No matter who you call to complain, you will end up with no answers. It appears there is no limit to the corruption of governor Brown and his gang of liberals.

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Posted by Milman Freiton
a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Geez Frustrated - and here I thought the 'social engineering' lanes were a liberal invention, but their conversion to '1% lanes' seems rather free marketly. I guess I just didn't realize the breadth of the one-demon-fits-all philosophy.

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Posted by Long Time Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 17, 2017 at 5:44 pm

The toll lanes are wrong & severely flawed on numerous levels:

1.) We are being charged to drive in lanes that our taxes already paid for.
This is a clear case of double taxation.

2.) No additional lanes are being constructed. Commute traffic is presently
exceeding design capacity of I-680. Charging a toll cannot change this
obvious fact. After the tolls, I-680 will still be stop/go/creeping
during commute hours.

3.) California is a one party state where huge unelected bureaucracies
continually come up with failed "solutions" that step all over the
population. I-680 tolls are simply another example of this failed
state & it's liberal idiocy.

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