Q Gary, are you going to post any comments sent to Troy Wolverton following his article on the traffic impact of Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino? Just curious as to what others who live in the area think about how it will affect their lives and driving once it is built.

Charlie Arolla

Santa Clara

A Most definitely. Troy and fellow columnist Scott Herhold squared off last week on the merits and minuses of Apple's huge headquarters dubbed the spaceship that is being planned, and they shared the feedback with me. Today, the supporters and on Monday the detractors.

 (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group/2013)An overview of a model of Apple’s proposed new campus. The plan was approved by the Cupertino City Council on
(Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group/2013) An overview of a model of Apple's proposed new campus. The plan was approved by the Cupertino City Council on Oct. 15. ( Dai Sugano )

Q Yes, traffic due to the Apple campus will be an issue that needs addressing. But if people had their way and avoided traffic, Cupertino would be full of orchards.

Progress presents new challenges, and we need to find new ways to address them, not stop progress. It is true that if we put the Empire State Building in the middle of Cupertino it would be an iSore. But the Apple building is not even visible from the road due to surrounding trees, so calling this unique and creative design an iSore seems ill-conceived.

Going forward it is necessary to look for ways to improve public transport, such as shuttles. I support the iConic building that will be a landmark in Cupertino and in the country.

Sunil Nethisinghe

A Apple promises to underwrite some road improvements throughout Cupertino, and to get more workers on public transit or Apple's shuttle buses to commute to work.

Q While Apple doesn't include improving the public transportation infrastructure in their plans, they do offer first-class coach service to San Francisco, Belmont, Berkeley, Fremont, Pleasanton, Gilroy and even Sacramento for commuters several times a day. They are free to the employees with free Wi-Fi.

Have you seen those buses? They are 100 times nicer than light rail. I think they are trying to minimize the number of cars with the most realistic solution without involving a huge infrastructure cost that will end up on the taxpayers' lap to maintain.

I agree, though, Apple should build ramps from Interstate 280 to their campus without having to merge traffic onto Wolfe Road. Similar to what Disneyland did on The 5 where there are direct ramps without ever merging with local traffic.

I think the benefits greatly outweigh the cost of this project.

Leon Ma

A Troy reports that Apple expects its employment in the Cupertino area to jump from about 16,000 now to about 23,400 by the time the spaceship opens. Those numbers imply that while Apple will relocate some of its existing workforce to Campus 2, it will have to retain workers in many buildings it's currently using. One Infinite Loop only holds about 3,000 people. Add that to the 13,000 that Campus 2 will initially hold and you get 16,000 people, meaning Apple will have to find other space for the remaining 7,400.

Q Re: Apple HQ. They build it here, people complain. If they would've built it elsewhere, others would've complained. There is no winning. I applaud Apple for keeping its headquarters in Cupertino. More congestion = higher property values and more jobs = a winner!

Rodney A.

A On Monday, those who aren't happy.

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