The HOV lanes currently operate with continuous access - you can enter and exit from any point - and the HOT lanes will still have that feature, as will the new lanes. Bay Area planners believe that the continuous access will make the lanes more attractive to users. There is some risk of increased violations with this feature but they believe that it may not be much of a problem.
Wow, I didn't see that one. What's to stop people from shunpiking by simply darting in and out between transponder readers? Secret reader positioning?
A couple of things:
1. The HOT lanes are broken into segments, each with their own toll. No matter how far you drive in a segment, you'll pay the same toll.
2. Readers are frequently spaced - about every 3/4 of a mile.
3. Experience in Washington and Minnesota with continuous access HOT lanes showed that during peak periods there is little incentive to weave in and out of the HOT lane because of congestion in the general purpose lanes. iPhone