Roadshow: Photographing highway road kill is not a good idea


Gary Reyes, Bay Area News Group Kathryn Harrold documents a dead raccoon along I-280 in Los Altos Hills, Calif., on Friday, April 24, 2015. Q Your paper had a front-page story recently about a woman, Kathryn Harrold, who goes around photographing roadkill. There is a picture of her squatting down on the shoulder of Interstate 280 with ... Read More→

Roadshow: California may allow more green carpool stickers


Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group) A Prius and a Leaf charge at a station at Infoblox in Santa Clara, Calif., 2014. Q Gary, it doesn't make sense. Why in the world would the state cap hybrid carpool stickers? We want more efficient vehicles, and this clearly discourages the goal.David WilkinsSan JoseA It might, but this is a mixed bag. ... Read More→

Roadshow: Highway 85 expansion, and what it means for buses and big rigs


Mercury News archivesLight rail in the Highway 85 median is unlikely, but express buses are an option.Q Now that one of your readers has brought up the subject of Los Gatos joining the suit against Caltrans and VTA over widening Highway 85, what about those of us in San Jose near Los Gatos who get lots of noise from 85. Will San Jose join ... Read More→

Roadshow: Lane-splitting would be officially legal in California under proposed measure


Bay Area News GroupQ Lane splitting seems to be pretty good on Highway 24 eastbound in the afternoon. Everyone in the fast lane pretty much stays way to the left so the motorcycle riders have plenty of room. Nice to see some cooperation for a change.J.D.H.A This is good to hear. There is legislation pending to officially make this legal. ... Read More→

Roadshow: Razing of I-280 in San Francisco has drivers concerned


LiPo ChingThe old flyover from I-280, top, onto northbound I-880 in San Jose.Q I read that San Francisco is pondering tearing down the "280 extension" and developing the land on which it lies. I know it worked for the Central and Embarcadero freeways, but it seems like that piece of freeway is vital to funneling traffic to and from ... Read More→

Roadshow: Using exit lane to bypass traffic has fellow commuters fuming

Traffic still number one concern

Mercury News880 northbound in Fremont. Q I, like many, drive Interstate 880 every day from Fremont to San Jose. Here's my gripe. I can honestly say that EVERY evening when I'm driving north to get home using the Thornton Avenue exit lane, these idiots -- and yes, I do mean plural -- use that lane to bypass stopped traffic and then come ... Read More→

Roadshow: Why isn't Los Gatos complaining about Highway 85 widening?

Highway 85 northbound. (Mercury News archives)

Highway 85 northbound. (Mercury News archives) Q So where is the objection from the Los Gatos Town Council on the suit that Cupertino and Saratoga will file against Caltrans over the Highway 85 express lane idea? They do not seem to know that a lot of us have noise from 85. I guess if you live downtown you are not concerned, but those of ... Read More→

Roadshow: What they did to my charging car — prank or crime?


LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group) A two-seater prototype of Google's self-driving car at Google in Mountain View, Calif., on May 13, 2015. Q I occasionally rent an all-electric ZipCar just for the fun of it and take short trips around the Bay Area. Twice I have stopped at a destination with a public charger, and been alerted by my ... Read More→

Roadshow: Tall weeds block view for merging drivers on I-680

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DOUG DURAN A herd of goats takes down weeds along the 580-680 freeway onramp in Dublin, Calif., 2009. (Doug Duran/Staff) Q We're in bad shape here at the Alameda-Santa Clara County border. The interchange at Interstate 680-Montague Expressway is overrun with weeds that are 4 to 5 feet high. It's become a real hazard while trying to ... Read More→

Roadshow: I'm getting free WiFi on the VTA bus. Will it last?


Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group The #22 VTA bus at the Eastridge Transit Center in San Jose, Calif., October 24, 2013. Q Though I have not seen an announcement, I've been getting free WiFi from the Valley Transportation Authority on their articulated buses on the 22 and 522 route.Robert NeffPalo AltoA Here is the official word. The ... Read More→