Q It is preposterous to ask Alameda County residents to pay for a flyover at Interstate 580 and I-680 that will be used primarily by San Joaquin County residents to commute to Santa Clara County. Most of Alameda County residents reside north or east of there and will not benefit from this project. If people commuting here don't like the commute times, they should move closer to where they work and help the environment while they are at it. Otherwise they get what they signed up for.
A That's harsh. Would you say that Santa Clara County voters should not have approved a similar tax to extend BART to San Jose since many riders will likely be from Alameda and Contra Costa counties? These are projects that have regional importance.
Alameda County voters will go to the polls in November to vote on a half-cent sales tax for roads and transit that would double the existing tax to a full penny. The measure would need a two-thirds vote and comes after a 2012 effort that failed to get that margin by a mere 721 votes. But there will be much more on the ballot than the 580-680 upgrade -- and here is by far the biggie judging by the Roadshow inbox.
Q Years ago, Caltrans added a carpool lane on Interstate 680 south from 84 to 237. When are they going to add an extra lane on 680 north? I-680 is always a nightmare during the evening commute between Mission Boulevard and 84. ... Seems to me that transportation officials have completely abandoned 680 north or have become completely oblivious that the road even exists or that a lot of people still miserably use it on a daily basis except when it comes to sweeping. They sure sweep 680 through Alameda County A LOT. Always during commute hours and in the commute direction to boot. ... It takes me 1 1/2 to 2 hours to drive 30 miles from San Jose to Livermore each evening. Why in the world we do not have an express lane on northbound 680 from the 880/Mission connector to the 84 exit?
Jason Hoffman, Ankur Singhal, Roy Turner, Cesar Gabriel and (it seems) trillions more
A Alameda County folks, it's up to you. Pass this sales tax and these projects will be built, along with upgrades to numerous interchanges, adding carpool lanes, filling potholes and transit upgrades. A two-thirds margin in a nonpresidential election year when voter turnout is lighter will be difficult. But if it passes, it will raise $7.8 billion over 30 years and then the question will not be if I-680 will be widened but when.
Q It is great to be updated about our roads. Too bad you can't make all of the Caltrans decisions and fix some of our bad spots like the 580/680 exchange.
A I'm trying, I'm really trying.
Q I saw a red Civic with aluminum foil covering its rearview mirror, dashboard and steering wheel. Don't know if he was trying to elude police radar or an alien signal (and good luck either way, buddy). But I'm curious: Is it a ticketable offense to obstruct your rearview mirror like that? The side mirrors weren't covered; just the one mounted on the windshield.
A Beam me up, Scotty! The vehicle code -- 26709(a) -- requires at least two mirrors, one being on the driver's left side. So if both outside mirrors are OK, they can cover up the third inside mirror. But the foil should not have any effect on radar or Lidar -- or aliens.