Roadshow: Highway 85's opening 20 years ago was a magical day


Mercury NewsBicyclists enjoy the virgin pavement of Highway 85 several weeks before its opening. Q Why do we allow Saratoga -- one town of 30,000 people -- to have such influence on the decision to upgrade Highway 85 to four lanes? There are no easy solutions to the horrific traffic problems caused by the jobs-housing imbalance, but ... Read More→

Roadshow: Why 3 people are needed for a carpool on I-80 and some bridges


Bay Area News GroupCarpool lane on I-80 eastbound near the University Avenue exit. Q My wife and I were traveling north on Interstate 880 and when we got to Emeryville traffic came to a near standstill. We could not get into the diamond lane on 80 because the sign said "Three or more," which leads me to ask, "Why?" All other diamond ... Read More→

Roadshow: Saying a nostalgic farewell to the family car


Photograph courtesy of History San JoseSometimes a car becomes part of the family. Q Gary, it is with heavy heart that I have to inform you that my wonderful Ford Taurus has been donated. She was the best car ever. We had her almost 20 years.Sure, she was not sexy or not stylin', but she was great to drive. We took good care of her and ... Read More→

Roadshow: CHP replacing Crown Victorias with Ford SUVs


CHP patrol car, Castro ValleyQ My commute takes me mostly on 680 and 580. Recently, CHP cars have morphed into large Ford SUVs -- everywhere. I suspect these cost more than the cars they've used for decades and wonder if you can tell us how much more and what the benefit is to the motoring public.Steve WrightDublinA Good eyes. The new ... Read More→

Roadshow: The Freeway Nanny needs to settle down


Mercury News ArchivesBay Area freeway signs tell motorists about the hands-free cell phone law.Q Could you tell the Freeway Nanny to stop texting me when I'm driving? I really don't need him/her reminding me: The road is slippery when wet. Pull over when you are in a minor accident. Click it or ticket.Folks not aware of the above are ... Read More→

Roadshow: DMV offices that readers like


Bay Area News Group At the Vallejo DMV officeQ My favorite DMV office is in my laptop computer at my home. I love it. I can get done all things with DMV (except the driving test). I do not understand why so many have to visit a physical location. I have not been to any in 15 years.Ram Agarwal SunnyvaleAMany others agree with Ram. Last ... Read More→

Roadshow: 3-foot bicycle buffer hard to enforce, police say


Gary Reyes, Mercury News Bicycling on King Road in San Jose. Q Bay Area bicyclists need to understand the amount of time and inconvenience they are costing drivers like myself. I have calculated that selfish cyclists flooding our streets have added up to five minutes to my commute -- over the past year. That translates to seconds per ... Read More→

Roadshow: Tips on staying clear of Levi's Stadium traffic


D. ROSS CAMERON Traffic lines up to get into Green Lot 1 at the San Francisco 49ers' second preseason NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group Archive) Q The northbound Interstate 880 exits at 23rd and 29th streets are the two ... Read More→

Roadshow: New BART cars should reduce noise


Doug Duran A BART train pulls into the Walnut Creek station, Aug. 26, 2014. Q Odd question, but you'd be the man to know: Will the new Silicon Valley BART extension be as noisy and squeaky as current BART tracks, or are they going to use some improved post-1960s technologies on the new section to save all of our ears?Michael FosterSan ... Read More→

Roadshow: Lukewarm review for new 880-Stevens Creek ramps


Patrick Tehan, Bay Area News Group Work continues on the 280 and 880 interchange in San Jose, July 16, 2014. Q My take so far on the new ramps at Interstate 880 and Stevens Creek Boulevard: not much change. Before, two lanes turning right onto Stevens Creek. Now three, plus a left turn to San Carlos. I suspect the improvement will come ... Read More→