As a member of the driving public who spends way too much time on local roads I would like to state that the so-called Express Lanes on Interstate 680 south from Rudgear south to San Ramon can only be classified as a dismal failure of engineering and planning.
While I completely understand the inability to predict driver reaction to changes in our traffic flow I do believe we are seeing enough significant downside to the Lanes to consider scrapping them and perhaps starting over.
I happen to drive 680 from Walnut Creek to Pleasanton most days and while that stretch is no stranger to accidents I have to say it has never been as it is now. Where I could usually count on seeing one or two crashes along that route every week or so I can now count on seeing one to two A DAY in the same stretch.
I am not a traffic engineer but I would attribute this increase in wrecks to the attempts of drivers to avoid being “stuck” in a toll lane and taking evasive action to steer clear of them. Traffic reporting from NEWS24/680 and my onboard navigational system have CLEARLY demonstrated an increase in accidents since the lanes were implemented.
Hopefully something can be done to correct this situation.