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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 stadium, and after an exchange of emails with VTA I learned they do not plan on having courtesy carts or shuttles to take seniors or people with disabilities closer to the stadium. If you take the 255 bus, that means you have to climb up the overpass over Lafayette.
The 49ers will have courtesy carts from some of the lots but they don’t tell you which lots, and even then the nearest lot from the 255 stop is across the overpass. Buses from other areas also drop off about the same distance.
At least at Candlestick buses were much closer to the gate. My mother, who is a season-ticket holder, is 85 and has problems walking that far. And I have had a series of leg injuries that also cause pain for me.
Please don’t use my name or initials if you print this, as my mother will be less than thrilled with me announcing that she is older than 39.
A caring son
A This needs to get better. VTA says it has tried to get as close as it can while still ensuring that the disabled and elderly are dropped off in a safe location with sidewalks and access for the handicapped. Fortunately, the 49ers have a mobility assistance team that can help fans to the stadium. Call 408-579-4610 or email mobilityservices@LevisStadium.com for details.
Q I am going to the Niners game on Sunday on light rail from Campbell. Where can I find information on schedules?
A Go to vta.org/levisstadium.
Q I use my Clipper card at all times. If I am traveling with someone, can I swipe my card twice to pay for the other individual on bus or light rail?
Q After a few years of closures and lots of hard work done by Caltrans, they successfully completed the upgraded barriers along Highway 17. Based on crash statistics, this seems to have been a big success. However, about a week ago, they started tearing up the barrier around Laurel Curve. Why would they tear up something that was completed so recently?
A The barrier that has been removed is not the new K-rail but an older one that is being replaced by a temporary barrier. This will provide room to widen the Laurel Curve shoulder, install a retaining wall and change the elevation to provide a safer turn. The barrier was removed to allow more room while construction occurs. Work will last until next summer.
Q Traveling on 19th Avenue in San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge, the tunnel is VERY dark. If one has sunglasses on and is not aware of the darkness of the tunnel it’s quite dangerous. Any chance of more lighting here?
A Caltrans electrical crews have been replacing circuits in the tunnel. You should notice a big difference very shortly.