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April 2, 2013 > Express lanes bring congestion relief

Express lanes bring congestion relief

Submitted By Brandi Childress

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 marked the first year of operation for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) State Route (SR) 237 Express Lanes in Milpitas. Since approximately six miles of existing carpool lanes were converted to express lanes, nearly 560,000 solo drivers have opted to pay a fee to experience a more reliable commute through the SR 237/I-880 interchange, reducing their commute time by up to 20 percent.

Through the use of dynamic pricing, VTA is managing traffic volume in the express lanes to maintain free-flowing speeds even when the general-purpose lanes are congested. Tolls have ranged between 30 cents and $5, with an average toll of $1.60. More than two million vehicles carrying at least two people (and other eligible vehicles) also used the express lanes free-of-charge, providing some relief in the general lanes that are experiencing increased volume as employment rebounds in the Silicon Valley.

The SR 237 Express Lanes project extends from south of Dixon Landing Road in Milpitas to Lawrence Expressway in Sunnyvale. A second phase is envisioned, converting the remaining carpool lane segments on SR 237 to express lanes currently ending at the Fair Oaks overcrossing in the westbound direction and east of Mathilda Avenue in the eastbound direction.

For more information about the Silicon Valley Express Lanes Program, visit www.vta.org/expresslanes, email community.outreach@vta.org, or call VTA Community Outreach at (408) 321-7575.

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