What Do You Think? I-680 Northbound Express Lane Public Hearings Scheduled

Meetings about the project that spans from Milpitas to Pleasanton will be held in Pleasanton and Fremont.

Community members are invited to learn more about plans to construct express lanes on northbound Interstate 680, according to the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

The meetings will be held in Pleasanton and Fremont on Oct. 3 and 4, respectively.

CalTrans and Alameda CTC are proposing to build a 15-mile high occupancy vehicle (HOV)/express lane from State Route 237 to State Route 84 on northbound I-680. The express lanes would travel through Milpitas, Fremont, Sunol and Pleasanton.

Express lanes give solo drivers the ability to pay toll in order to use a lane used by carpoolers.

The public meetings are being held in Fremont and Pleasanton in order to collect comments from the community about environmental studies about the project, which has been named the I-680 Northbound HOV Express Lane Project.

According to Alameda CTC, the project would include the:

  • Addition of the express lanes
  • Widening of roads
  • Construction of auxiliary lanes for connecting on-ramps and off ramps at Jacklin Road, Scott Creek Road, Mission Boulevard, Durham Road, Washington Boulevard and Mission Boulevard
  • Modification of overcrossing and undercrossing of structures
  • Demolition and replacement of Sheridan Road overcrossing
  • Widening of Alameda Creek Bridge
  • Installation of electric tolling equipment and signage
  • Modification of existing ramp metering

In March, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority opened express lanes on SR 237 at Interstate 880. The express lanes spanned four miles and were once carpool lanes.

Express lanes are already available on southbound I-680 between SR 84 and SR 237. The construction of those lanes first began in fall 2008 and was completed in 2011, according to Caltrans’ website.

The public meetings for the northbound I-680 express lane project are as follows:


  • Oct. 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Hearst Elementary School – 5301 Case Ave. in Pleasanton


  • Oct. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Chadbourne Elementary School – 201 Plymouth Ave. in Fremont


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JohnnyG September 25, 2012 at 01:55 PM
redonk man... enviro studies to 2015.. really ? Could have this not already been done when they did Southbound. I'll all for a lane, as long as it's an extra lane. They should not take one of the existing as use for a further money grab on roads that are already paid for by the taxpayer. Taking a land from 237 was stupid and not fair to the people who cant afford Fastrk.
StephMP September 25, 2012 at 05:23 PM
They need to just add a carpool/paylane north. they should of done this years ago. Why is it so difficult to just start moving on it. Traffic is so bad!! They should of put the pay lane north to begin with instead of south, I bet more people would pay to get home!
jake3_14 September 25, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Adding a lane won't solve traffic problems, because so many solo drivers in this area are willing to pay the fee to drive in the new lane. If all HOV lanes were restricted to vehicles with 2+ passengers, that would be worth doing.
John September 25, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I guess you love more taxation by the govt....also this "FREEWAY" will turn into a lane for the rich as the poor/middle class should wait it longer traffic delay. The ball continues to roll for more paylanes..eventually because state of CA is broke they will resort to most all freeways having pay roads...
timothy September 25, 2012 at 08:17 PM
This is yet ANOTHER fiasco from Caltrans and all to keep on good terms with the crooks from the Sierra Club. Southbound is purely a TAX on commuters who are trying to earn a living. CHP enforcement is paltry at best and is likely costing much more than the fines it is collecting. The lanes are often wide open even during heavy commute hours/!!! Exit points are commuter unfriendly. Build new lanes for EVERYONE to use!!! Oh, except those danged trucks....keep them stuck in the right lane and maybe things will be better. Oh and start ticketing those stragglers who drive 55 in lane number 2 while everyone else is doing 65+. Now should I attend? Why should I? The Sierra Club lawyers already have Caltrans and the Smog people in their hip pocket. ONLY in California do you seen such lunacy. Danged potheads rule the state.
timothy September 25, 2012 at 08:21 PM
And it was BAD ENOUGH having to deal with crapped out lanes when they build the sounthbound joke that wore out my car to the breaking point. I since had to get a new car and now they are going to screw up the northbound pavement over a 3 year period until they just might get it smoothed out. This is the worst drive in the bay area and we get a bureaucratic plan that will be more grief for drivers. I spend over 3 hours a day and they wonder why everyone who drives this is so pissed off???
Tim September 25, 2012 at 10:39 PM
"CalTrans and Alameda CTC are proposing to build a 15-mile high occupancy vehicle (HOV)/express lane from State Route 237 to State Route 85 on northbound I-680." Don't you mean from CA-237 to CA-84? CA-85 runs from US-101 in Mtn View south and then eastward back to US-101 in South San Jose.
Tim September 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM
No, there is plenty of it back east... I take it you've never driven the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, or NYS Thruway. The difference is, because of the tolls, vehicle registration fees are a fraction of what they are in CA and are valid for two years.
Brian September 25, 2012 at 11:04 PM
With HOV 2+ only on southbound as is, you'll never know. Doesn't make sense to carpool when you only have a lane in one direction. Only government would have designed it this way - so it would never be utilized efficiently. Not sure I follow your logic. If you add a lane... doesn't matter who is in it (all, pay, 2+), there will be less traffic in the other lanes.
Nika Megino (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Yes. Thanks for the catch. We meant CA-84 in that sentence. Fixing it now!
Albert Rubio September 26, 2012 at 05:32 AM
There is no necessary reason for the freeway's to be govt owned and operated. They could be privately owned especially if they all become pay roads as you say, what would be the difference? All govt spending is from the pockets of taxpayers and successful businesses anyway so there is no government magic, it's actually a poor way to do business. >also this "FREEWAY" will turn into a lane for the rich This is no different than first class seating in air travel, or the difference between a luxury car and an economy car. This argument is always a fallacy.
Harry October 02, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Yes ! Please add the (HOV)/express lane on 680 N. Why is there so much discussion about it for so many years ? Just try driving from Pleasanton to Milpitas on weekday morning. Traffic is generally moving very smooth in all the lanes, for most part of the freeway - thanks to the express lane. And carpoolers can use express lane for free, and zoom at 65 MPH all the way. Now try going from Milpitas to Pleasanton on workday evening. Yikes ! It's stop and go for most part of the freeway between Fremont and Sunol. Just add the express lane and count the time saved by people going home for dinner with their families. Priceless !
Brian November 08, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Please just expand one lane first immediatly from truck weight measuring office(?) to I-84 entrance on northbound 3 miles period. That is only critical cause of traffic jam at this time. Please don't waste big money. We know already what is the problem out there. Express lane is not perfect solution for ordinary persons don't have much money.
DavidG August 28, 2013 at 07:27 PM
These RICH FOLKS LANES show just how hypocritical this 'progressive' state is.
DavidG August 28, 2013 at 08:05 PM
If you look at the state run websites, the express lanes are the greatest thing since sliced bread. If you want the real story look at the comments of the poor commuters who are subjected to them: http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/show_story.php?id=7787 Who do we have to vote out of office to stop this lunacy?


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