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Bay Area HOV lane geeking redux - Ambar
August 12th, 2005
12:20 pm


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Bay Area HOV lane geeking redux
I think I boffed one point in my earlier posting. Quoted from the article:

Some hybrid owners were also troubled by the notion that if they carpool on the bridges, FasTrak will ding them for what ought to be a free trip. MTC regulations give carpoolers -- three or more in a vehicle -- a free ride over its bridges.

Not to worry, said Goodwin. Your transponder, attached to the dash with Velcro, comes with a Mylar bag. "That prevents the signal from being read," he said. "Put it in the bag and you're good to go."

Sounds like you still need to have 3 bodies in the car to qualify for toll-free bridging.

EDIT: Yup, per URL provided by mcl in comments, you can drive across in the diamond lane, but must pay toll, hence the Fastrak requirement:

However, unlike HOVs or super-clean alternative fuel and electric-powered vehicles, which are allowed to drive toll-free across the toll bridges during designated carpool hours, single-occupancy hybrid vehicles must still pay tolls (using FasTrak™) when driving across the Bay Area toll bridges in an HOV/carpool lane.

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Date:August 12th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
And I went and read the article, and found this:
The stickers come in sets of four -- two for the front bumper, two for the rear quarter-panels.
Duuude. I don't mind defacing my bumpers, but that makes it sound like I'm going to have to deface the finish on the body of the car. :P
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Date:August 12th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
Pointer to this? (DMV, or Fastrak site, or ?)
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Date:August 12th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
I simply moved the transponder from my Mazda over to my Prius. (Of course, since the Prius is registered in Calaveras, I don't "have" to have Fastrak.)
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Date:August 14th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
I don't like the idea of having to pay a deposit on a FastTrak to get a sticker. Also, I don't want to have to hassle about accidental billings on the thing. Given that I commute 7 miles each way, I just will give the carpool lane thing a pass. Feh. Ptui.
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