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CALIFORNIA: FAIR Lanes with Dynamic Ridesharing in Alameda County

This FAIR lanes study will focus on the congested Interstates 580 and 680 in Alameda County and will build upon the existing Interstate 680 value pricing study. The "Sunol Grade" portion of Interstate 680 is, by voter-approved ordinance, required to operate new value-priced carpool lanes. New carpool lanes are also planned for I-580. The FAIR lanes feasibility study will examine options in this integrated corridor, including FAIR lane connector ramps at the I-580/I-680 interchange near the Dublin-Pleasanton Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station. Complementary measures to increase public acceptability will be implemented in the study corridor. These will include "dynamic ridesharing" and priority parking for ridesharing users at participating BART stations. Dynamic ridesharing enables travelers to respond to pricing in flexible ways that traditional ridesharing and transit options do not. It uses web-based and telephone-based systems to allow users to find carpool partners on a "real-time" basis, close to the time that travel is needed. This new type of ridesharing is expected to be more readily acceptable in the Bay Area than elsewhere, because casual carpooling with strangers is already prevalent there, and this project would add some new security features. In addition to cost and time savings (due to free use of express lanes), dynamic ridesharing would be further facilitated with reserved premium parking spaces at participating BART stations, on-demand backup services, and in-station electronic information screens providing necessary details about individual ride matches.

July - September 2003 update: Issued a Request for Proposals for the Dynamic Ridesharing Project. One proposal was submitted and found to be unresponsive. The proposed location of the pilot project and the scope of work are being evaluated. The Request for Proposals for the FAIR Lanes Feasibility Study was completed and should go out to bid shortly.

For More Information Contact: Jean Hart, Deputy Director, Alameda County CMA; Phone (510) 836-2560, Fax (510) 836-2185, e-mail jhart@accma.ca.gov.


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