12-19-2008, 01:34 AM
Bridge authorities consider ending free tolls for carpoolers. (http://www.ibabuzz.com/transportation/) Apparently the success of carpools (46% of weekday 7-8 a.m. traffic across the Bay Bridge is carpools) is giving the authorities ideas to milk this cash cow. Carpools with 3 or more occupants get to cross the bridges for free during rush hour to relieve congestion. The bridge authorities want to end the free use, and increase their revenues.
12-22-2008, 12:05 AM
I've never driven during rush hour but I only imagine it would get worse if you eliminated the free carpool lane. It's quite annoying given how many people I see not giving exact change. I keep a stash of dollar bills in my glove compartment for this exact reason.
12-31-2008, 11:28 AM
An update on the news. (http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_11338606?nclick_check=1) Unfortunately, this plan is still alive. We should be doing all we can to encourage carpooling, not discourage it.