The DJ is the latest paper to report on the possible study of adding carpool or toll lanes to 101 through B'game:
With commute times on Highway 101 getting worse, the City/County Association of Governments is moving forward with studying whether carpool and toll lanes can solve the problem.
The C/CAG board is seeking $9.4 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to conduct the preliminary environmental and design work needed before any potential construction can actually take place on the corridor.
C/CAG has also requested another $8.5 million from the San Mateo County Transportation Authority for the environmental phase of the project.
The plan now is to bring the lanes south from the Santa Clara County border north to Interstate 380 in San Bruno.
The average peak commute speed on Highway 101 is now about 25 mph, said San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley.
The piece goes on to note that a carpool lane would only increase the average speed by 3 mph, but "we have to do something". Who would care to speculate on the Unintended Consequences of such a move? I know a bit about commuting down 101. Not as much as I did 10 years ago, thank God, but a bit and it is ridiculous to describe either the problem or the solution in terms of averages. If C/CAG and the MTC come back with a recommendation of a toll lane will we also get a movement for "affordable commuting"? The whole phenomenon is driven by the Silicon Valley economy which is cyclical, but one thing is for sure--high-speed rail on the Caltrain corridor will not help things!