Q In reading recent submissions about the mess at our bridge toll plazas when drivers veer from the FasTrak lanes into cash-paying lanes, I can't help but think about eliminating the Golden Gate Bridge toll takers, which has dramatically eased the backup on that bridge. So why will there be such a long delay until other Bay Area bridges make this same change? In consideration of the millions of hours in lost time for all these drivers, it is criminal that this change is seeing this kind of delay in its implementation.

Brian Berg

Saratoga

A And ...

Q The Golden Gate Bridge went to all-electronic tolls, as have toll roads the world over, and there are no problems. Can't Caltrans do the same thing? Let's bring the Bay Area toll system into the 21st century!

Andrew Sullivan

San Francisco

A This is coming, but it's going to take a few years before all the state-owned bridges in the Bay Area are converted to all-electronic tolling. The Dumbarton Bridge will likely be the first place this is tested, and the Bay Bridge would probably be the last.

In a couple of years FasTrak lanes will be extended before the approaches to the toll plazas, which should ease the merging problem.


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Q On Saturday, I looked out my Richmond Annex window at the Carlson exit from Interstate 80 and saw yet another Saturday afternoon of stopped-up westbound traffic. Checking Sig Alert to see the cause, it was solid red to the Bay Bridge toll plaza, yet the bridge itself was clear green and so was 101 into San Francisco. Are too few toll takers on the Bay Bridge backing up I-80 traffic into Richmond and beyond? Is it the bridge's policy to back up traffic intentionally so that we all use FasTrak? Is that fair to all of us who need I-80 for our own East Bay travels?

Kirk Essler

Richmond

A You stumped the bridge folks, who say all lanes were open by 10 a.m. and stayed open until 6 p.m. Heavy travel to get into the city for the Father's Day weekend, plus a Giants game that afternoon and an A's game that night surely were factors.

Q Kudos to Caltrans and Livermore for completing the widening of Highway 84 from Interstate 580 to Stanley Boulevard. What a great improvement over the old narrow road.

But what is the schedule for upgrading the rest of 84 all the way to I-680 in Sunol? For those commuting from the Central Valley to San Jose, this is a great alternative to the dreaded 580/680 interchange.

Chuck Gibson

Pleasanton

A The next phase could be done in two-plus years -- the widening to four lanes between Concannon Boulevard and Ruby Hills Drive. This 2.6-mile segment will cost an estimated $82.7 million. Then the state will widen the highway from two to four lanes between Pigeon Pass and I-680 in Sunol if voters in Alameda County approve a half-cent sales tax in November to help pay for the $277 million project.

Q There's a traffic signal on the downhill grade of eastbound Highway 92 west of Interstate 280 that shows three rows of estimated travel times for Highway 101. It doesn't, however, show travel times for eastbound traffic across the San Mateo Bridge. Is there some reason it lacks travel times for folks commuting to the East Bay? What do we need to do to get space allocated for that information?

Peter Koning

A An East Bay destination was not possible in the past due to lack of equipment to track travel time across the San Mateo Bridge. But that is changing and the time estimate to travel to the East Bay could be coming. Given that only three destinations can be displayed on a sign, though, Caltrans will need time to determine if this change makes sense.

Q Is Camden Avenue between Bascom and Leigh about to be repaved? There are lots of new spray-paint markings on the road.

D.M.

San Jose

A Segments of Camden are scheduled for work over the next two years. The spray-paint markings identify locations where the city will remove and repair areas that have failed. Up first, the segment between Highway 85 and Coleman Road this summer. The stretch from Bascom-Hillsdale and Coleman-Almaden Expressway will be done next year.

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