Roadshow: Why don't Californians stop for school buses' red lights?

Rick E. Martin A bus in front of San Jose's Burnett Middle School with red lights flashing and stop sign deployed is ignored by drivers passing on the left. (Mercury News archives) Q I moved from Washington state to California a couple of years ago and find many of California's personal driving quirks amusing, like "speeding to the red ... Read More→

Roadshow: Why was there no summer respite from commute traffic?

Sal PizarroThe 'Tommy' graffiti stayed on the railroad overpass over Interstate 280 for several months last year. Q This may not be a question that you, or anyone else, can answer authoritatively, but it's been bugging me a lot lately. In past years, as far as I can remember, traffic seemed to lighten up a bit in the summer when kids are ... Read More→

Roadshow: BART shindig this week in San Jose

The future Berryessa BART station , March 5, 2014 in San Jose, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) Q I hope BART from Fremont to San Jose opens before my next birthday on Aug. 6. Will it?Peter MylandA No, but you're a mere 50 years old and the opening is not far away. There's a big shindig planned Wednesday in San Jose when the ... Read More→

Roadshow: Road boulder will switch to Caltrain if commuters pay for his ticket

Mercury News A gauge on the dashboard of a converted plug-in Prius. Q Commute times between San Jose and Palo Alto have gotten longer. People make it worse by fighting the traffic. I don't do that, Gary. That means that other drivers want to go by me. It's a conflict situation. If I drive cautiously, others regard it as getting in ... Read More→

Roadshow: VTA's disabled, elderly access to 49ers games needs improvement

Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group) A light rail train goes by Intel Gate A at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., July 26, 2014. Q Although VTA proclaims that they are the best option to 49ers games, they are ignoring senior citizens and people with disabilities with their bus routes. The bus stops about a half-mile from the ... Read More→

Roadshow: San Mateo Bridge truck crash renews call for a big rig ban

Bay Area News GroupTrucks on Altamont PassQ It's time, way past time actually, to do something about the big rigs on our roads during rush hour. The truckers are out of control.Charlie T.PleasantonA Charlie's feelings are understandable after Tuesday's rollover crash that closed all westbound lanes on the San Mateo Bridge for four hours. ... Read More→

Roadshow: What to expect at 49ers' first game at Levi's Stadium

Jim Gensheimer Hours before the game, traffic is coned off on Tasman as the San Jose Earthquakes take on the Seattle Sounders FC for the first sporting event at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group) Q Will police do any traffic control at Levi's Stadium for 49ers games? ... Read More→

Roadshow: I-280 drivers wish for better striping, blind-curve warning, pretty flowers

Mercury NewsMarch 2010: Caltrans pilot project being paid for by Toyota includes flowers depicting a Prius; northbound Interstate 280 near Winchester in San Jose.Q In a recent column you responded to a query about alternating white and black lane striping as a means of enhancing contrast on light-colored pavement such as concrete to ... Read More→

Roadshow: When will that tempting new Highway 101 lane open?

Mercury News file photographHigh school students have a suggestion for commuters on Highway 101 in Palo Alto. Q She is beautiful and pristine. She taunts us with her come-hither attitude. And yet she is off-limits, blocked by a few pylonic guards. She is of course the new carpool lane on southbound Highway 101 in Palo Alto and Mountain ... Read More→

Roadshow: Trains to Levi's Stadium get mixed reviews

Q People need to adjust their expectations about taking light rail to 49er games at Levi's Stadium. I ride BART to the Oakland Coliseum for Raiders games, which 20,000 of us do. After the game it takes way over an hour to get those 20,000 people back on trains and out of there. That's just how long it takes. That's on a system with more ... Read More→