Q: If things were not bad enough around the 880/101 interchange, now add in FedEx ground operations that will be moving from the location on Montague Expressway to Gish Road next year. With this forthcoming high level of additional truck traffic, Caltrans needs to come up with a plan to improve the flow of traffic in both directions on 880 at 101 sooner than later. … Will there ever be a real freeway interchange at 101-880 that doesn’t involve risking your life? … This has been a nightmare since the ’70s.
Conrad Schapira and so many others
A: It’s going to remain a nightmare for many more years. To rebuild this disaster could cost $1 billion. A glimmer of hope could come sooner, as the VTA is scoping out improvements on nearby 101 at Old Oakland, Mabury and Zanker roads. These could take some traffic away from 101-880.
The interchange was built in the early ’60s, then upgraded in 1997 with wider ramps and more warning signs. A VTA study will be underway soon to consider possible future design changes to this high risk interchange.
Q: As a Tesla owner for the last 6 months, I’d like to add that the front plate frame provided by Tesla is affixed with adhesive. My tire store put on my plate in 5 minutes. Second, follow the Tesla Facebook groups. It’s obvious that there is a loud minority of owners that are arrogant about the looks and prestige of their Tesla. They also complain that the Clean Air Vehicle stickers ruin the beauty of the Tesla.
I plan to enjoy the extraordinary technology and its contribution to cleaner air. My Tesla is easily the most enjoyable car ever.
Joel Zizmor, San Jose
A: Enjoy your ride.
Q: Here’s a tip when calling the DMV: Start calling at 1 minute before they open. You get a voice prompt just as they open, and then an actual live and helpful human being!
Carol Zink, Redwood City
A: And another tip: The DMV promises a return call within a certain time frame if you leave a phone number. This method also works.
Q: I’m a European living my American dream here in the Bay Area (it’s awesome). I have one comment no one seems to talk about in regards to roundabouts. Americans drive them wrong.
One big difference which will make everyone safer and happy is to blink right when you leave the roundabout. No other blinking, just when you leave! This is how you tell others you are leaving, and they are free to enter.
Ewa Bo Boloczko
A: Be a thinker on roundabouts, too. Use your blinker.
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