Roadshow: You won't believe what these drivers did behind the wheel

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Mercury News archives"(I've seen) people driving with dogs on their laps -- and not just lap dogs."Q I saw the report about the decline in tickets being given to cellphone users. With the driving I do, I see many people using cellphones while driving, and the number is increasing. Also, there's the telltale sign of the bent head of people ... Read More→

Roadshow: Get used to the train, red light delays on Castro Street

Q Commuters on westbound Highway 24 are using the Pleasant Hill Road exit in Lafayette to pass the slow-moving normal lanes, zip through the on/off section, and then re-enter the freeway. The problem is that those of us trying to enter from Pleasant Hill Road, going about 20-25 mph, nearly get clipped by the 65-75 mph passers. It is ... Read More→

Roadshow: Riding an AC bus can be steamy on hot days

Q Is there a law that says buses without air conditioning shouldn't operate? The AC Transit "U" bus had no air conditioner the other day during a 50-minute trip from Stanford to Fremont -- with a full bus! How can they operate like this? The outside temperature was 84. Ridiculous. Thanks for letting me vent.Melinda ProudUnion CityA I bet ... Read More→

Roadshow: More South Bay streets going on a 'diet'

Q I've never heard the term "road diet" before, but it is very fitting. I would like to nominate Mary Avenue between Fremont Avenue and El Camino Real in Sunnyvale. Right now, it is used by drivers as a bypass to Highway 85; they drive 50-plus mph through residential areas and behind Sunnyvale Middle School. Sunnyvale successfully ... Read More→

Roadshow: Presidio Parkway changes loom in San Francisco

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Frankie Frost/Marin Independent Journal One of the new tunnels of Doyle Drive on March 16, 2015 Q Driving north on 19th Avenue in San Francisco, I noticed the ramp to south Highway 101 at Doyle Drive has been completed but not opened. Why?Wayne DeutscherSan MateoA Time to update progress on one of the most expensive road projects ... Read More→

Roadshow: Potholes rile Bay Area drivers

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Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group A large pothole in downtown Oakland, 2015. Q Are you serious? You want pothole horror stories? The whole of San Jose is a pothole horror story. I play a game with people visiting the area. I drive in some of the border areas -- Saratoga and Cupertino -- and get them to tell me when we've crossed into ... Read More→

Roadshow: What's with the blank message boards on freeways?

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Richard Vogel / APRoadshow readers like accident warnings and accurate travel times on freeway message boards, but not "nonsense."Q I commute over the Sunol Grade nightly from Milpitas to Livermore. At the bottom of the grade there is a message board that is supposed to alert drivers of trouble ahead. One night recently it was blank, but ... Read More→

Roadshow: Is this E-ZPass email legitimate?

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Kristopher Skinner Richmond BART garage, 2013. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff) Q Is this email bogus? I recently received an email claiming to be from: "Ian Whitney, E-ZPass Agent: JOANN, Indebtedness for driving on toll road #0000677158. You have a debt to pay for using a toll road. Please service your debt in the shortest possible ... Read More→

Roadshow: Remembering tragic death of Aly Snow

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Courtesy of Grace ChangAlyson SnowQ I read your list of candidates for road diets, and I can't believe Branham Lane from Vista Park to Almaden Expressway in San Jose is not on that list. Six lanes with a 40 mph speed limit in a predominantly residential area is ridiculous. Plus, there have been two pedestrian deaths on this stretch in the ... Read More→

Roadshow: Is new flyover ramp from I-280 to I-880 an improvement?

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Northbound traffic on I-880 at Stevens Creek Boulevard, 2006. (LiPo Ching/San Jose Mercury News)Q Can you tolerate another question about this "improved" interchange at 280-880? I travel north 280 frequently and fail to see how now having to merge over several lanes to exit to north 880 is an improvement. During the holidays, having to ... Read More→