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I-680 SMART Carpool Lanes | California Toll Roads

  • Toll Road Name: I-680 SMART Carpool Lanes, California
  • Connecting Cities: Pleasanton to Milpitas 
  • On Which Highways: Interstate 680 & Interstate 580
  • Cost of the Toll Road:Dynamic variable rate based on current traffic conditions $8.00 max $0.30 min
  • Distance of the Toll Road: 14 miles - 22.53 Km
  • How to pay: FasTrak
  • History: Opened in 2010 the I-680 Southbound Express Lanes  are Northern California’s first high occupancy toll (HOT) or express lane facility.  Located between State Route 84 and State Route 237 it was designed to manage growing traffic congestion on I-680 and provide a new commuter option between the East Bay and Silicon Valley
  • How to Use: Solo drivers who want a more reliable trip on southbound I-680 and eastbound I-580 need to obtain and mount a FasTrak toll tag on their windshield. They are charged a toll each time they choose to use the Express Lanes. Carpool vehicles with two or more people, motorcycles and transit buses can use the lanes for free. Those without a valid FasTrak are in violation of state law and subject to a fine.The operation is fully electronic. There are no tollbooths or traffic gates, so customers do not need to slow down or stop to make a toll payment.
  • When to Use: When to Use:  Ideal for solo drivers who want a more reliable trip on southbound I-680 and eastbound I-580 during the week. The lanes provide more reliable travel time and are recommended for those commuting between the East Bay and Silicon Valley. The Express Lanes are open from Mondays to Fridays from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. At nights and on weekends they are free and open to all drivers. 
  • Discounts: Carpool drivers can use lanes for free

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