Tolls will soon increase on Golden Gate Bridge

Q So tolls are going up on the Golden Gate Bridge. Are there plans to raise tolls our other bridges?

Bill Winter

A Not right away. No increase for the state-owned bridges is on the table now. But it is possible that a $1 increase in tolls for non-carpoolers could be considered by 2019.

On Monday, April 7, Golden Gate Bridge toll rates will increase by $1. The FasTrak rate will go from $5 to 6, the pay-by-plate rate from $6 to $7 and the carpool rate from $3 to $4.

Q The situation at Winchester Boulevard and Interstate 280 has gotten out of control. There’s gridlock in the morning, in the afternoon or any other time people like to shop. Is there any hope for those of us who use this intersection?

Melanie E.

San Jose

A Some, but not a lot.

Q For the last week or so, traffic has backed up on Winchester through the two intersections before 280. I am usually able to make the turn from Winchester onto 280 within 5 minutes of approaching the intersection, but for the past week the wait time has increased to 15-20 minutes. … I take the Winchester ramp to 280 every morning and in the last couple of weeks, the left metering light turns green at a much slower pace than the right one. How can I get someone to get it checked out?

Rowena Tsang, Barbara Friesen and many more

A The city and Caltrans are on the metering light problem. Next time this happens, dial the state’s metering hot line at 510-286-4531.

Q Is the traffic planning department in Los Altos run by a bunch of chimpanzees? I cannot believe the mess they’ve made of traffic flow in and around their city.

Nancy Daffern

Sunnyvale

A Chimpanzees? Really? There are reasons for different speed limits.

Q First, they reduced the speed limit on Grant Road so it’s now one speed limit in Mountain View (30 mph) and another in Los Altos (25 mph). They’ve done the same thing on Fremont Avenue — cross Grant and the speed limits are different. What gives?

Nancy Daffern

A Last year Los Altos looked at the speed limit and decided no change was needed. The reason: Grant Road in Los Altos is lined with residential homes, with one lane in each direction. As you get into Mountain View, Grant expands into two lanes in each direction and it’s more commercial.

The section of Fremont Avenue between the east city limit and Grant Road carries almost two times as much traffic as the section between Grant and Miramonte Avenue. The latter section of Fremont Avenue also has homes fronting the road with cars parked on the shoulder, which makes the road feel tighter and causes motorists to drive a little slower. The other section has homes that back Fremont Avenue with wide shoulders. All these factors affect the speed limit.

Q And then, my biggest gripe. They installed a light on Homestead Road at the Trader Joe’s. WHAT A MESS! Lots of fun during rush hour.

Nancy Daffern

A Better news. Any day now a new signal timing plan should be in place between Foothill and the new signal at Homestead and Foothill.

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