Roadshow: Another roundabout? There has to be a better way


Q I read your column regarding plans to put a roundabout at Pacific and Beach streets in Santa Cruz, and I'm not for it. There is another roundabout a couple hundred yards away at Pacific and Center streets and I've had to wait quite a while to enter the roundabout from Center because there's a steady stream of cars that flow from ... Read More→

Roadshow: That difficult 101 on-ramp is that way for a reason


Q Have you seen the new ramp from Capitol Expressway west to 101 north? The entry lane from Capitol is only a 40-foot single lane into the ramp. When you get in, you get two lanes for 30 feet, then a 90-degree turn into a three-lane ramp. It is very difficult for drivers to get on the freeway. There is land on the right of the three-lane ... Read More→

Roadshow: Metering on Highway 85 may provide relief

85/101 interchange

Q I make the long journey from Gilroy to Mountain View every morning along north Highway 101, and one big problem is the lack of Caltrans use of the metering lights at the 85 ramp to 101 right after Shoreline Boulevard. There is a constant flow of traffic that merges onto 101 from 85, causing a large, slow backup on 101.Chris Moniz, Peter ... Read More→

Roadshow: Light rail down median of Highway 85? Not likely

Q Gary, what happened to plans to run light rail down the middle of Highway 85? ... You wrote that 85 will become an eight-lane highway from Interstate 280 to Highway 87 through Los Gatos and Saratoga. How can they do the expansion since the median was for mass transit?Roy Robinson and Lis LaceyA This has become a serious bone of ... Read More→

Roadshow: Electric car owners don't save much by leaving lights off

Q You say Nissan Leafs are clogging the 237-880 carpool lane. As a Leaf driver, I say SUVs shouldn't be allowed in the carpool lane. The reason for carpool lanes is to reduce auto emissions. My Leaf is "zero" emission! I have more of a right to be in the carpool lane than an SUV with three people in it. The 237-880 carpool lane should be ... Read More→

Roadshow: Is it time to remove roadside memorial on I-680?

Q My understanding is that Caltrans permits roadside memorials for a certain length of time. There was a fatal motorcycle accident along Interstate 680 between Livorna Road and Rudgear Road in Alamo last March. Someone has been placing flowers, etc., for the past year. Now a wooden cross has been erected.What if everyone is allowed to use ... Read More→

This is what Ford's doing for Mustang's 50th anniversary


Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honor the pony car's 50th anniversary.The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year the Mustang first went on sale.The 50 Year Limited Edition will come in one of the two colors of Ford's logo: white or blue. Buyers can choose a manual or automatic transmission.There are ... Read More→

Roadshow: Perils of changing lanes on Highway 17

Q I just have to write after having way too many close calls on Highway 17. I commute from Bear Creek Road to 17, and usually past Hamilton Avenue is where the close calls happen. When I want to change lanes, I turn my blinker on for three blinks.Shelley MarxBoulder CreekA Good.Q I look in my mirrors.Shelley MarxA Good again.Q I then turn ... Read More→

Roadshow: BART ride should improve when new cars are on track

Q Every time I take BART to San Francisco from Daly City, I'm reminded why I do it so rarely and rely instead on my car. Once on the train, it's a challenge to know which station has been reached. There are few maps within the compartment, it's difficult to understand what is being announced, and the signage at the station is almost ... Read More→

Roadshow: Finally, paving Highway 101 through Mountain View will begin in mid-May

Q I'm really peeved that work on Highway 101 at Highway 85 and Shoreline Boulevard has just stopped. ... When will they finish this project? It is maddening. My stomach turns in knots every day as I drive south around 4:30 p.m. and anticipate the mess where it can take me 20 minutes to go five miles. ... It's been so long that the weeds ... Read More→