San Mateo County, CA Officials warm up to Highway 101 Managed Lanes project

Officials appear increasingly convinced that the Managed Lanes project, which seeks to construct tolled express lanes on Highway 101 in San Mateo County, will ease traffic congestion and bring additional benefits for low-income commuters.

A concern over equity was, until recently, preventing a handful of City/County Association of Governments board members from supporting the project, most notably San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa, who has felt it was unfair to charge a toll to drive on a public highway.

But at a joint meeting with C/CAG and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority Nov. 16, Canepa said he could support the project if it includes a discount for those who can least afford express lane tolls to drive on those lanes.