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Posted on: November 22, 2019

New I-880 Express Lanes to Open in Summer 2020 Accompanied by Proposed Toll Ordinance

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is converting the HOV lanes on Interstate 880 to Express Lanes, which are scheduled to open in late summer 2020.

The hours of operation of these express lanes on I-880 will be extended to the time frame of 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additionally, access into and out of the express lanes will be restricted at certain locations including parts of northbound I-880 in Fremont to smooth traffic flow.

Many other proposed changes are also slated to begin in summer 2020 to improve performance of the lanes, including:

  • Scaled tolls
    - 3 or more person carpools and motorcycles pay no toll,
    - 2-person carpools and clean air vehicles pay 50% tolls,
    - Solo drivers pay full tolls,
  • Tolls set dynamically to vary with traffic, with a minimum toll of $0.50 per toll zone & no maximum toll,
  • All vehicles in the express lanes must have FasTrak®,
  • All vehicles eligible to be toll-free or pay reduced tolls must use FasTrak Flex® toll tags, and 
  • Toll violations for the cost of the toll plus penalties of $25 (1st notice) & $70 (2nd notice).

Several of these changes are required to be documented in a toll ordinance. Beginning now through December 18, 2019, MTC, through the Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority (BAIFA), is providing opportunities to the public to comment on the proposed toll ordinance. 

Attend an informal, in-person open house to learn more about the proposed changes, talk to project staff, and give your input. The first open house will be held on Tuesday, December 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Community Center (1333 Decoto Rd., Union City). The second will be held on Wednesday, December 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the San Lorenzo Library (395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo).

BAIFA will consider the rules for adoption and make final policy decisions on January 22, 2020. For more details and to view the online open house (open until December 18), read BAIFA’s proposed Toll Facility Ordinance Amendment

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