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    LIVERMORE, Calif. (KGO) -- Complaints of unfair tolling on FasTrak express lanes continue to roll in to 7 On Your Side.Many drivers say FasTrak charged them for carpool trips that should be free. Statistics show thousands of drivers every month are getting toll violation notices for using the lanes without a FasTrak account.Elisa Estremera of Livermore got a toll evasion notice for driving in an express lane - even though she never did. What was worse, the violation notice itself proved she was innocent - and still, FasTrak said she had to pay.RELATED: Thousands of Bay Area drivers dispute unfair FasTrak charges on freeway express lanes"Based on the picture, I'm not in the express lane," Estremera said.Estremera is careful never to drive in FasTrak toll lanes. She doesn't have a FasTrak account, and doesn't want to get a ticket.So, it was puzzling when she got one anyway."It didn't make sense to me, I said, 'That's not even my car...'" Estremera said.Estremera was driving up the I-680 corridor on that day, but not in the express lane.Yet a month later she...
    Q: I read your column about carpool lane abuse and wondered if you could give those of us who used to be regular casual carpoolers a plug. As COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, and vaccination and boosting rates are up, hopefully more people will feel safe offering or accepting rides at designated sites and times. I found casual carpooling to be a quicker, more economical way to get to work in San Francisco and had some interesting conversations en route. Larry Forsberg, Oakland A: Casual carpooling is one of the ways to get actual carpoolers in carpool lanes. Go to sfcasualcarpool.com for more information, including pick up sites around the East Bay. Q: My husband and I used the HOV/express lane near Livermore. Our FasTrak was dinged and we got a $1.25 bill on our account. We thought we qualified as a carpool, so should not have been charged. A FasTrak representative said it was our problem because we had not switched our tag to “2” to indicate two passengers before we entered the HOV lane. We don’t have a switch on our...
    Bay Area motorists are going to see 12 miles of new toll lanes spanning Highway 101 from Mountain View to Redwood City starting Friday. But even the most seasoned commuters are often left scratching their heads as their FasTrak transponder racks up confusing charges each month. Figuring out how you will be paying on the latest stretch of toll lanes that join the 118-mile express lane network in the Bay Area is complicated – not even the people who planned the system know the answer just yet. Costs are guided by a dizzying mix of uncapped prices that can change every five minutes, multiple toll zones, and discounts for carpoolers and clean-air vehicles. Here is a guide to Friday’s opening for the perplexed: Q: Where are these new express toll lanes? A: The lanes run north and south between the Highway 101-237 intersection near the border of Mountain View and Sunnyvale to Whipple Avenue in Redwood City. Q: I commute to work alone. How much should I expect to pay to use the FasTrak lane? A: There’s no clear answer here but be...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF/BCN) — Starting Friday, riders can use a new 11-mile express lane on southbound Interstate Highway 680 from Martinez to Walnut Creek if they pay a toll. The express lane starting at Marina Vista Boulevard in Martinez will charge tolls from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and connects with a previously existing 11-mile express lane on southbound Highway 680 from Rudgear Road in Walnut Creek to Alcosta Boulevard in San Ramon. READ MORE: San Francisco Family Found Dead in Sierra Foothills, Possible Victims of Toxic Algae To use the express lane, drivers need to have a FasTrak toll tag, and carpoolers need a FasTrak Flex toll tag set to the 2 or 3+ position. People driving by themselves can pay half the price of the toll if they have an eligible clean-air vehicle and a FasTrak CAV toll tag, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. READ MORE: Judge Sentences Salinas Man to 238 Years in Prison For Raping Minors, Family Members Tolls change for the lane depending on levels of traffic on the highway. Digital signs...
    Q: First, let’s pretend I did not send this email. If you publish my question, please do not use my real name for reasons that will become clear. Concerning the Express Lanes, I am unfortunately an (unintended) scofflaw. My wife and I occasionally use the Express Lanes, so I should have the tag set to the No. 2 position, thus getting a 50% discount. However, I recently discovered that the tag has been in the No. 3 position for the last month, meaning no charge for using the Express Lanes. I believe we did have three people in the vehicle several weeks earlier and I forgot to reset the tag switch thereafter. What happens to scofflaws like me? This email will self-destruct in 3 seconds (remember the original “Mission Impossible” TV show?). A guy in the Roadshow-Self-Protection-Program A: Relax. You could have been ticketed by the CHP had they spotted you with your transponder incorrectly set, but they can’t bust you retroactively. Cameras will eventually be able to check your license plate number, see the discrepancy between the tag...
    Q: You asked if any readers had something positive to say about the Interstate 880 toll lanes. Yes, I do. The conversion of carpool or HOV lanes to toll lanes has the very positive effect of drastically reducing the number of HOV lane cheaters. Previously, it was nearly impossible to catch cheaters due to darkened windows, lack of enforcement, and the ability to easily jump in and out of the HOV lane. But express lanes require the use of FasTrak transponders, and license plate recognition cameras at frequent intervals record and bill vehicles using the lanes. Also, double white lines prevent (or at least reduce) lane hopping. Sure, you can jump into a toll lane without FasTrak, but then you get charged as a single driver via license plate recognition. So cheat all you want, but be ready when that bill arrives! Mike Harrigan, San Jose Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. A: Toll lane officials across the nation have observed the same thing. Carpool cheating declines for...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Express lane tolling on Interstate 880 north and southbound started Friday morning from Oakland to the Fremont/Milpitas border.The express lane tolling went active at 5 a.m. Friday and with it comes new rules of the road.Drivers will be tolled for using the express lanes from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Toll prices vary by traffic conditions and distance traveled."We want to promote clean air vehicle use, but we also want to maximize the throughput of people, not necessarily vehicles," said John Goodwin with the Metropolitan Transportation Council.MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.Solo drivers in non-clean air vehicles will pay full price for the toll. While solo drivers and two-person carpools in Clean Air Vehicles (CAVs) will pay half price with a FasTrak CAV toll tag, those include red, purple, and orange decals.Two-person carpools with the FasTrak Flex toll tag set to the 2+ position will pay half-price tolls.There is no toll for three-person carpools, buses, vanpool, and motorcycles with the FasTrak Flex...
    Express lanes will open on Interstate 880 from Oakland to Milpitas in the pre-dawn hours on Friday, but there are some unanswered questions. How many drivers will be willing to fork over a toll with the COVID-19 pandemic cutting traffic now that more people are working at home? In addition, there are tougher rules for carpoolers, longer express lane hours, and motorists in electric vehicles will be charged. And there’s one more critical item. All express lane users must have FasTrak. “It’s important to keep in mind that eventually, the pandemic will be behind us,” said John Goodwin of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. “One of the wild cards is the debut on 880 and 237 of half-price tolling for 2-person carpools and clean-air vehicles. We certainly will be looking at the tolling data to see what usage patterns emerge.” Here are the new rules that will likely be in effect on all express lanes: Only carpoolers of three on more ride free with a Flex tag set to 3. Carpoolers of two and those in electric vehicles get a...
    Q: I was taking my 1996 car for its final drive, going to the dismantler in Richmond for the $1,000 rebate, and accidentally wandered into the carpool lane. I changed lanes as soon as I realized my mistake. A few weeks later, I got a summons for $25 and a photo of my brief violation. After signing up for FasTrak, the fine was canceled. I thought that was nice of FasTrak to be innovative like that. Charles Sykes, Pacheco A: At least there’s one happy driver with FasTrak. Q: I live on a cul-de-sac off of Reliez Valley Road in Martinez, which borders Briones Park. We are a close-knit community of 17 homes near a larger development of about 75 homes. Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. Two years ago, a fire came from Briones right up to neighbors’ fences. Due to quick action from workmen at one house and the fire department, it was quickly extinguished. Since then, we have been very proactive in protecting ourselves....
    Q: If I’m driving in the FasTrak lane and the toll is $6 to my exit, but then increases to a higher figure like $8, how much will I have to pay? Fred Wilson, San Leandro Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. A: You pay the price listed on the overhead sign when you get into the express lane. If signs later show a higher price, don’t fret. Q: The only way to keep some hotheads from crossing the solid double yellow center line to pass on San Pablo Dam Road between El Sobrante and Orinda is by installing a concrete barrier. Dave Rowsey, Pinole A: I hear what you’re saying, but that’s not likely to occur. However, a so-called soft median barrier could be installed. That’s raised botts dots or rumble strips which have been effective elsewhere, such as on Highway 25 west of Hollister, Highway 1 around Moss Landing and Vasco Road, where cross-over collisions have dropped significantly. Q: I have a question about the toll lanes...
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