Q I’m writing again about litter, which is a neverending problem. My list is endless, but the one that is bothering me most is the Bailey Road onramp to Highway 101 and San Jose. I can’t take it anymore. There is a toilet that has been there for going on a year. Maybe police officers use it when they are sitting there waiting to catch speedsters on 101, or maybe it’s just a monument to be gazed at along with the rest of the rubbish. HELP!
A I’ve alerted Caltrans. Keep me posted on when the toilet is gone. Any guesses?
Q We have an EV vehicle that we really enjoy and use to go to the theater in San Francisco many times during the year. Because it is convenient and is advertised to have public EV-charging stations, we park in the Union Square garage.
This garage has approximately eight public EV-charging stations. But in the past couple of years, I have never seen more than one working. There have been several times where none are functioning.
Not only is this akin to false advertising, it is frustrating to find after a long drive that we cannot charge our car, and it is completely out of line with efforts to reduce our emissions in the Bay Area.
A Union Square has four units that charge two vehicles each. However, only two chargers have been working. And sometimes the system gets overloaded, tripping all the garage’s circuits. Workers have begun to install new equipment. Meanwhile, try the garages at Fifth and Mission, Sutter-Stockton and Ellis-O’Farrell, which provide 16 EV stations.
Q We recently picked up some family members at the Millbrae BART station and wasted 10 minutes driving around trying to figure out where they were and how to get to them! There are ZERO signs directing you to the BART station or the Caltrain pickup area. For someone not familiar with the area, you can only see a parking garage as you approach from 101. And then you’re past the turnoffs and trying to figure out how to get back around to the station pickup areas. Can you use your magical powers to get us some signs?
A Better signs are on BART’s wish list, but getting the necessary permits can be time-consuming. Bottom line: BART agrees that the signs could be better and is working to improve it.
Q As one who has lived in Alameda for the past 17 years, it used to take only 30 minutes to get from the middle of town to Oakland via the Posey Tube in the morning. Now it takes 30 minutes to get from Lincoln Avenue just to the Oakland side of the tube. Are there any plans to fix this problem? I can only see it getting worse as the city builds more businesses next to the new Target.
Q There may be hope. Alameda County has money to upgrade the nearby Broadway/Jackson Street/Interstate 880 interchange as well as improve other bridges connecting Oakland to Alameda.