New highway tolling and lower speed limits eyed in Bay Area

As construction of the express lanes project progresses on Highway 101 in San Mateo County, regional transportation officials this month announced a plan to dramatically expand freeway tolling in the Bay Area.

According to a letter dated Aug. 1, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission wants to eventually implement congestion pricing on all lanes of many if not most Bay Area freeways. Express lanes, including those coming to Highway 101 in 2022, charge a toll on just one lane in each direction, though buses and carpools of three people or more can ride for free.