Q: Traffic has gotten so bad everywhere that I absolutely hate driving. Is there any solution?
A: A few. Getting solo drivers out of their cars and onto Caltrain, BART or express buses. More toll lanes (500 miles are planned). Day-long metering lights. More tele-commuting. Better traffic signals. And opening offices in downtown areas (think Google near the Diridon station.)
But there’s not one magic solution. What solutions do readers have?
Q: Road diets are but one prime irritant that are part of the anti-car, anti-commuter attitude here in the Bay Area. The others include wacky bicycle lanes, stupid bulb-out corners, confusing HAWK lights, etc. Given the already horrendous gridlock, these asinine draconian social experiments only worsen, not improve, the plight of stressed out commuters.
There is a reason why all these worthless farces and social experiments,re not being implemented in car friendly Southern California.
Darren PhamSan Jose
A: You lost me with your “car-friendly Southern California” comment. Now here is a solution that really works across the state.
Q: I was traveling over Highway 17 on Wednesday and had a flat tire as I was ascending the hill near Santa Cruz. It was dangerous at 7:30 in the morning with cars speeding by.
As I was getting my spare out, a service truck pulled up behind me. Much to my surprise the gentlemen (Brian) said he was here to help me and the price was free. He said the government pays for this service, and I commented what a great service it was. He even rejected my $40 tip. I went from being scared for my life to heading to Santa Cruz in less than 30 minutes.
Chris VaneSan Jose
A: This is the Freeway Service Patrol, one of the best ideas the region has to help drivers in need and ease congestion. The program consists of 72 white trucks patrolling over 500 miles of Bay Area freeways, roving our roads usually from 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Weekend service is provided in Napa, as well as seasonally along Highway 17, and in some locations on Sundays.
It’s funded by $1 of every vehicle registration in participating counties. The service costs approximately $12 million a year to operate in our region. If the new gas tax remains in place, some of that money will go for more FSP service.
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