Roadshow: A dad's plea for drivers to slow down in front of his house

Meri Simon A San Jose street where a resident's dog was killed by a speeding driver in 2007. (Mercury News) Q Can you try to highlight the basic concept of residential area speeding? I've grown frustrated the attitude that its OK to speed on my street because people are a hurry. There are kids playing on all of these streets, and I ... Read More→

Roadshow: Father Serra rest stop savior given six months to live

This is one of my saddest days since Roadshow made its debut nearly 23 years ago.Jerry Morissette is dying.The man who became the savior of the Father Serra rest stop on Interstate 280 near the Crystal Springs Reservoir has lung cancer and says he has been given six months, maybe a year, to live. He broke the news to me a few days ago ... Read More→

Roadshow: State gas tax could jump 30 cents a gallon

Mercury News I-280 on the Peninsula has no carpool lanes north of Los Altos Hills.Q There has been a lot of talk about the "hidden gas tax" associated with the expansion of cap-and-trade to include gasoline. Years ago you pointed out that gas taxes had not kept up with inflation. Perhaps we are due for an update?David PastaA Here we go.Q ... Read More→

Roadshow: Barricaded office worker wonders who's to blame for The Alameda mess

Gary Reyes, Bay Area News Group Construction on The Alameda near Race Street in San Jose, December 2013.Q As I sit barricaded in my office building, surrounded by orange cones on all streets north of The Alameda, I am wondering who the hell is in charge of the months-long fiasco called The Alameda resurfacing project? They were in such a ... Read More→

Roadshow: New lanes on 101 bring relief

Q The second carpool lane on Highway 101 is a nice surprise for those used to the congestion at 85-101 in Mountain View.Joe LinSaratogaA You must tell me more.Q For many weeks, the lack of striping on 101 was causing a mess at the 85-101 interchange. Then one morning, the congestion there dropped dramatically. However, most of us were ... Read More→

Roadshow: Windshield washer sparks road rage

Mercury NewsIs it raining, or is the guy in front of me going berserk with the windshield washer?Q Driving top-down in Tiburon recently in our fun car, a classic, flawless white 2001 VW Cabrio.Used the windshield washer to remove a smear.The guy behind me in a new BMW honked at me.Looking in my rearview mirror, he was shaking his hands at ... Read More→

Roadshow: E-ZPass scam targets FasTrak holders

Q I received an email from E-ZPass saying I failed to pay for using a toll road on Interstate 580, and they wanted me to mail in the fine. We weren't even on 580. ... These junk emails say my E-ZPass or some other transit electronic system has expired or is overdrawn, and I need to "click on the link" to correct the problem. ... Is this ... Read More→

Roadshow: E-ZPass scam targets FasTrak holders

Bay Area News GroupElectronic signs at the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza, 2013. Q I received an email from E-ZPass saying I failed to pay for a using a toll road on Interstate 580 and they wanted me to mail in the fine. We weren't even on 580. ... These junk emails say my E-ZPass or some other transit electronic system has expired or is ... Read More→

Roadshow: Trucker backers say cut big rigs some slack

Bay Area News Group Altamont PassQ I have been reading your column since God invented dirt, and I am seriously frustrated.People complain about big-rig accidents stalling traffic, but did they ever stop to consider why those accidents happened? I'll bet the majority were caused because of some speed-racer or other careless driver, not ... Read More→

Roadshow: Trying to get around road boulder, Tesla driver gets a ticket

Bay Area News GroupToll express lane on I-680 from the Sunol Grade to Milpitas. Q There is one place where being a road boulder deserves a ticket: the toll-carpool lanes on Interstate 680. I got caught behind someone going 55 on the southbound toll lane from Vallecitos Road to Mission Boulevard, and a convoy of angry cars piled up ... Read More→