The Argus will have a story on this tomorrow. Here’s a report from KLIV – 1590 on your AM Dial.
Fremont- A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Fremont today for the Bay Area’s first High Occupancy Traffic lane, otherwise known as a HOT lane.
CalTrans spokesperson Benjamin DeLanty says a HOT lane involves using a transponder. Under the program, participants will pay a fee, similar to Fastrak, allowing them access to the carpool lane. Someone traveling alone in their vehicle will be able to use the express lane and the toll will be collected through the transponder.
DeLanty says the hope is that the HOT lane will reduce congestion and help air quality. It also helps to shore up an important part of the transportation infrastructure.
The HOT lane will be on Highway 680 between Routes 84 and 237. The $37 million project is scheduled to be completed by 2011