Roadshow: Electric cars with diamond-lane stickers rule the road in the Bay Area

Q: Whoever instructed you that eight per cent of cars and trucks during the diamond lane is cleanse air cars is full of it. It is more like fifty per cent in the course of commute times on Freeway 87, Freeway a hundred and one and Interstate 280.

Shawn Phillips
San Jose

A: You’re between lots of disbelievers.

Q: I find it hard to think that only 8 % are electric automobiles. I ride a motorbike on my commute on Highway a hundred and one from San Jose to San Francisco. There is a hell of the ton more stickered cars and trucksmore like 4 of every eight. … Wherever did you bought this information that only 8 percent of those while in the carpool lanes are electric cars? Any individual that drives carpool lanes would disagree. Verify me that I’m erroneous.

Colette Aragon, Manjul Gupta, and many others

A: This details came from a report with the Metropolitan Transportation Fee and is determined by statewide information. Nevertheless the Valley Transportation Authority done a research this 12 months on how Express Lanes are focusing on Highway 237 and located that a median of 36 per cent of all vehicles on westbound 237 in the peak morning hrs have been clean-air cars, and thirty percent of all autos in the eastbound way in the course of the peak afternoon hrs have been clean-air cars.

Q: I’d feel that the overall state degree of HOV lane use by electric or stickered automobiles is 8 p.c, but that’s not at all accurate all over this area. No less than on Highway eighty five from I-280 to De Anza Boulevard. I’ve been counting them and it is properly over fifty p.c.

Alan Arndt
San Jose

A: You may have a very good issue. Cars with clean-air stickers zoom to eighteen p.c in Silicon Valley and 38 % from the 9 Bay Area counties.

Q: I have bought my past two Prius’s following your feed-back, so why crack a great pattern.

I am planning to buy a Model S but I need clarification on the HOV sticker eligibility thinking of this is actually a 2017 invest in. Most websites are reporting that stickers issued now will be very good till 2022. Is usually that your interpretation, also?

Rupa Srivastava

A: Sure, it truly is. Stickers on automobiles acquired as a result of 2019 are superior until eventually 2022. Stickers on cars bought following that are very good for 3 years. The carpool perk ends in 2025.

Q: Ideally, people recognized the improvements which have been designed with money through the new fuel tax whenever they did their Thanksgiving drives. I drove as much as Redding and found various stretches on Interstate five were resurfaced. It’s possible when people start off to see enhancements on their drives, they’ll relaxed down.

Taylor Howell

A: And perhaps they’ll quit calling me a schmuck.