Q: When is Caltrans going to wake up and acknowledge that losing a lane on southbound Interstate 280 at Magdalena Avenue is unnecessary?
The afternoon backups are huge. … Four lanes dropping to three doesn’t work. … Please get some agency to pay attention to fixing this. Please!
Rajiv Bhateja, John Joss, Johanna Altorfer and a few zillion more
A: Finally, after decades of telling you poor souls that widening I-280 has been on no one’s priority list, there is a glimmer of hope for one the region’s worst choke points.
The Valley Transportation Authority will release a study early next year of what drivers say is needed on 280 from San Jose to San Mateo County — and adding a fourth southbound lane is surely going to be at the top of the wish list.
The lane would need to be extended for several miles to south of Magdalena Avenue and at least a half-mile beyond the beginning of the carpool lane. The shoulder area cannot be used for traffic lanes particularly for this length because of state and federal standards.
When, you ask? Dunno, but not soon enough. Billions are floating out there from the gas tax and Santa Clara County’s half-cent sales tax if it is upheld in a pending lawsuit.
Now onto another bottleneck.
Q: With many folks migrating to Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Hollister over the last 15 plus years, is there any relief coming to the Highway 101 section through Morgan Hill/Gilroy?
A: If the Measure A tax is upheld, you’ll get a fourth southbound lane to Gilroy, converting 101 to a freeway to Highway 25 and new ramps at 25-101.
Q: After arriving at the SFO International Terminal I went to the pickup area outside of baggage claim. Apparently, they have modified this area so that all of the space just past the rightmost (looking out) set of doors has yellow curbs and signs that say it is a NO STOPPING tow away zone and for limousines only. Who’s brilliant idea was it to award this area to a minuscule number of limos while substantially reducing the pickup space for us peasants?
Los Altos Hills
A: SFO folks are grappling with issues on pickup areas and believe this is one of the solutions. They suggest:
- You park in the garages where it is free for 10 minutes.
- Try the Kiss and Fly area, located at the Rental Car Center. It allows for pickup and dropoff away from the terminals.
- Or try the Cellphone Waiting Lot, at the intersection of San Bruno Avenue and Airport Boulevard. It’s free.
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