In an effort to ease Silicon Valley’s notoriously congested traffic, new express lanes have been added to State Route 237. The new lanes total 7 miles and took 20 months to build.

As of today, November 15, commuters will find the new express lanes extending in a westward direction to Sunnyvale’s Mathilda Avenue. Back in March, 2012, the initial phase of express lane additions, complete with the 880/237 connector, commenced by Milpitas’ Dixon Landing Road. It’s estimated that those lanes have shaved between 7 and 20 minutes off people’s commutes.

Consistent with prevailing Bay Area express lane rules, the new 237 express lanes will open at 5AM and remain so ‘til 8PM. Within that time frame, only drivers with FasTrak transponders will be able to travel in the fast lanes (a practice already established in Contra Costa County). Carpoolers, motorcyclists, and clean air cars are not exempt from the transponder requirement. Those who violate the penalty will be billed for the regular toll cost plus a penalty by mail. 

After 8PM and before 5AM, regular drivers can make use of the express lanes.

Regarding clean air vehicle (CAV) drivers: They will be subject to an express lane payment requirement, and get 50% off the regular toll cost. Qualifying for the discount will call for registering their cars on Fastrak’s site (https://www.bayareafastrak.org/) and then verifying their CAV usage, after which they will receive a special transponder.

 

 

 

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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