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Brand New US 101 Express Lanes to Open on February 11th

San Mateo County’s new Express Lanes operate 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays.
By - posted 2/1/2022 No Comment

US 101 Express Lanes are opening soon in San Mateo County.

Express Lanes on US 101 from the Santa Clara County line to Whipple Avenue in Redwood City will officially open on Friday, February 11. The Express Lanes will operate from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays.

Travelers can take advantage of the Express Lanes, provided they are enrolled in the FasTrak system. All customers must have a FasTrak Flex to qualify for free or reduced tolls in the express lanes, as that allows them to disclose how many passengers they are carrying. Customers without a valid FasTrak will be in violation and be subject to fines and penalties. Tolls will be adjusted during operating hours depending on demand and traffic patterns, with the goal of keeping the express lanes traffic flowing smoothly.

Buses, as well as customers driving carpools with three or more people, will be able to travel free of charge in the express lanes. Customers driving vehicles with two people or certain clean air vehicles (CAVs), such as cars that run on fuel cells, battery or plug-in hybrids that have a valid CAV decal from the Department of Motor Vehicles, will qualify for a 50% toll discount when the lanes first open.

The northern end of the project is expected to be completed this year, extending these lanes up from Whipple to I-380. The lanes lead directly into Express Lanes in Santa Clara County.

The project is being constructed through a partnership with Caltrans, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA), and the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG).

A goal of the express lanes is to enable travel speeds of 45 mph or greater, resulting in reduced and more reliable travel times.

Key Project Benefits:
* Reduce congestion in the corridor
* Increase person throughput (the number of people moved)
* Encourage carpooling and transit use
* Improve travel time and reliability for express lane users
* Use modern technology to manage traffic
* Make upgrades to pavement and lane striping

Read more information about the project.