Q Interstate 880 was a very smooth commute before the carpool lane was added between 101 and 237. Now there is always a morning bottleneck from Coleman Avenue to 101.
What has changed other than adding a carpool lane? This should have improved the commute rather than make it worse. Is Caltrans planning to do something to improve the commute back to how it was before the carpool lane was added? I am in a carpool now, but my commute has increased by 10 minutes compared to when there was no carpool lane.
A Bad in the morning and nasty in the afternoon.
Q Not sure if you and your navigator wife have had the pleasure of visiting the new 880 south where it meets 101 south during rush hour but this is an absolute nightmare. Our friends at Caltrans have really outdone themselves on this one.
Ever since they redid 880 south, chaos and traffic pandemonium happen each night from 4 to 7 p.m. And that's all before you get to 101. It's three lanes of traffic with absolutely no law or rules in place. Any plans for Caltrans to fix this mess?
A There has been little to no time savings northbound in the morning, but southbound has been seven minutes faster between 237 and 101, according to Caltrans.
The state says the VTA recommended extending the carpool lane on I-880 between 101 and I-280. However, this would require converting a regular southbound lane at 101 into a carpool lane. Caltrans nixed that.
The meter at First Street works in the afternoon but not during the morning commute. Caltrans will see if this meter could be turned on to relieve the morning bottleneck.
Q Hello again. Sorry to say, but the scofflaws at the ramp from Highway 101 on Shoreline Boulevard are back. I appreciate the efforts of Mountain View police, but now that enforcement has been concluded the scofflaws have resumed their divebombing.
Last Thursday, as I was making my right turn, a car in the left-turn lane charged in front of me. So I had no choice but to stop in the middle of the intersection and let them pass. This time, though, cars started honking behind me. I don't know if they were honking at me for stopping or for the scofflaw making an illegal turn. Whatever, I hope police can patrol this intersection routinely.
A Oh, you can bet on that.
Q I just returned from the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and I paid $3.02 for a gallon of gas. Last week at a local Arco, I paid $3.52. I'm not complaining. Anything less than $4 I'm happy. ... Maybe your Bay Area readers will be comforted to know that here in Honolulu we're thrilled to see gas drop to $3.96 a gallon, after sitting at $4.25 all summer. ... I was traveling in Texas and the price of gas there was around $3.10. But I paid $10 in tolls, so the cost of their fuel is actually very close to ours. ... I was envious when I read the letter from Mary in New Mexico where she buys gas for "as low as $2.89 a gallon." Then I remember that every morning she walks outside and she's still in New Mexico.
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