California Bay Area: MTC Wants Your Thoughts on Express Lanes on I-880

Back in 2015, the The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority (BAIFA) agreed on a plan to bring new High Occupancy/Toll Lanes to Silicon Valley. The I-880 Express Lanes Project (fact sheet here) extends for 25 miles (going south) and 20 miles (going north) in the stretch of freeway between Oakland and San Jose. Construction is well underway, and the lanes are expected to open in the late summer of 2020.

But there are still a few t’s to be crossed and i’s to be dotted and the MTC and BAIFA are looking for your help. Comments are due tomorrow and can be emailed to info@bayareametro.gov on a number of issues. A full list of what is still being decided can be found in the bullet points below. If you are unfamiliar with how HOT Lanes and Express Lanes work, the paragraphs that follow explain how congestion pricing can work.