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November 13, 2012 > Excellence in Motion award

Excellence in Motion award

Submitted By Tess Lengyel

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) presented the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) and Caltrans with an Excellence in Motion award on October 24, 2012 for the I-680 Sunol Grade Express Lane Project, the first of its kind in northern California. Arthur L. Dao, Executive Director of Alameda CTC, accepted the award at a ceremony in Preservation Park, Oakland.

The I-680 Express Lane allows solo drivers to use the carpool lane, if there is excess capacity, for a dynamically-priced fee based on traffic conditions. This reduces congestion in the non-toll lanes for other drivers.

Interstate 680 spans the Sunol Grade, linking Highway 84 in Pleasanton to Highway 237 in Milpitas. It was formerly considered one of the region's most congested commute corridors. The southbound I-680 Sunol Express Lane opened to motorists on September 20, 2010. During its second year of operation, express lane usage increased by almost 35 percent, with drivers traveling 10-15 mph faster than in the general purpose lanes in which there was also less congestion.

Alameda CTC is currently working to implement similar strategies on northbound I-680 and eastbound and westbound I-580. A new transportation expenditure plan on the November 2012 ballot (Measure B1) will help fund these improvements, if passed by voters.

The "Excellence in Motion" awards, presented every two years by MTC, recognize individuals, projects and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to transportation in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region.

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