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Namesake for I-680 segment is gone, but not forgotten

Donald Doyle, the former state assemblyman whom Interstate 680 between Walnut Creek  and Dublin is named after, died Jan 31. If you look closely as you drive along I-680, you can see signs along the freeway marked, “The Donald D. Doyle Highway.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, February 7th, 2011
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I-680 freeway fix in San Ramon Valley: little now, more later

Caltrans will close two of the four lanes on southbound Interstate 680 in Alamo for three or four hours today – starting at 10 a.m - to repair a hole in the pavement. A major rehabilitation of the entire freeway in the San Ramon Valley is being planned for summer of 2010.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
Under: Buses, Caltrans, driving, Freeways, Safety | No Comments »

Will the toll on bridge drivers be too big a toll?

People who take car pools across seven Bay Area bridges may be in for an unpleasant change next year: the end of free rides for car pools during rush-hour periods. And on the Bay Bridge, regular drivers not in car pools also may in for a shock: higher tolls during peak commute periods than at other times.

Proposed options to make those major changes in July were unveiled Monday by the Bay Area Toll Authority, which plans to hold hearings in November. I’m betting both changes are going to come under fire from some angry drivers. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
Under: BART, Bay Bridge, Bridges, Carpooling, driving, Environment, Freeways, global warming, Retrofitting, tolls, Transit vs. driving | 1 Comment »

Tweet that bridge open, please

Twitter users will get the news quickly this Labor Day weekend about the closing and reopening of the Bay Bridge.

Go to to the Caltrans Web site - baybridgeinfo.org - for tips on getting tweets about progress on the construction project triggering the need to close the bridge for four days.

We all know the bridge will close 8 p.m. Thursday. The big question is: Will it reopen by 5 a.m Tuesday as planned? Will it reopen earlier, as is possible? Or will it reopen later, an unlikely but possible outcome that would cause traffic chaos on freeways after the long holiday ends.   Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2009
Under: 511, Bay Bridge, Bridges, driving, Freeways, Misc. Transportation | No Comments »

Want a piece of the $420 million pie?

Caldecott Tunnel by Flickr user Tom LemosCaltrans is preparing to open bids Sept. 11 to expand the Caldecott Tunnel, the huge connector between the freeways and cultures of Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Caltrans reported this week that it has pushed the original bid opening date from this Tuesday, Aug. 11, to Sept. 11. The agency now is scheduled in mid-November to award the contract to add a new two-lane bore just north of the existing three bores on Highway 24 between Orinda and Oakland. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Saturday, August 8th, 2009
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Toll road bill moving along

A bill allowing the creation of an 800-mile network of carpool/toll lanes in the Bay Area has cleared its first stop in the California Senate.

Assembly Bill 744 by Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico (D-Newark), passed today on a 6-1 vote of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, and will next go to the Senate Appropiations Committee. Last month, the bill cleared the Assembly on a 58-18 vote.

The bill is controversial, but it keeps moving along. Some motorists detest the idea of being required to pay a toll to get access to any lane on any public freeway. But the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, sponsor of the bill, says traffic congestion can be reduced if single-occupant vehicles are allowed to pay during rush hour for the right to use a lane otherwise limited to carpools. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2009
Under: driving, Freeways, tolls | 3 Comments »

Name that highway: Boatwright proposed for honor

A state senator and former Concord mayor wants to name a portion of Interstate 680 after a retired state senator who also served as Concord mayor.

The man proposed for the honor: Daniel Boatwright.

The man proposing the honor: Mark DeSaulnier. The Concord Democrat in the state Senate has proposed legislation to affix the Boatwright name to the stretch of I-680 between the Benicia-Martinez Bridge and Highway 24 in Contra Costa County. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Sunday, May 10th, 2009
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Paying to save time on toll lanes

Would you pay to save time driving the freeways? Would paying a toll to use an express lane seem less painful if you knew it was helping ease freeway traffic congestion for the masses?.

Bay Area residents are getting closer to finding out. A plan to create an 800-mile network of express lanes open to carpools for free and others for a toll easily passed two big hurdles in the last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
Under: Buses, Carpooling, driving, Freeways, tolls, Transit vs. driving | No Comments »

Politicos talk of gas tax, but will public support it?

Talk of a gas tax is getting more attention as our roads and public transit systems struggle  from money shortages, but it remains a risky proposition for politicians to consider a tax hike for a basic commodity in a recession.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Meet the Press Sunday he thinks we should consider raising the 18.4 cents a gallon federal gas tax to pay for projects to help revive the economy. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
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Odometer debate: saving earth or saving privacy?

Most of us want to protect our personal privacy and protect the earth from global warming. Can we do both?

An East Bay legislator said she is trying to avoid conflicts between the two goals in her bill that would require California motorists to report their odometer readings during their annual motor vehicle registration. But concerns over privacy are spurring some people to say: Prove it.

The friction emerged last week in a Metropolitan Transportation Commission committee’s 4-2 vote to endorse AB 1135 by Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
Under: driving, Environment, Freeways, fuel, global warming, technology | 2 Comments »