Q I see that the Obama administration is hoping to bring national gasoline standards in line with California's. Wouldn't that be nice? ... The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a requirement to reduce sulfur in gasoline like we have done in California. If this standard is implemented, would California be able to get gasoline from a broader market, or are there other differences in our gasoline? ... If we all use the same formula, I would expect our price to drop 21 cents. Yeah, right.

Nick Briggs, Paul Gregory, Jeff Sprague, and more

A For nearly two decades, gas in California has cost as much as 35 cents a gallon more than in the rest of the U.S. because we have our own special blend and cannot get gas from the rest of the country when supplies here run short. The new EPA standards could change that and potentially our prices might move lower if the new standard is approved for 2017.

The key word -- potentially.

Said Patrick-the-GasBuddy-Man: "If California gasoline was the same as everyone else, this could help, albeit only slightly. The greatest challenge remains that California is somewhat isolated from the vast infrastructure (of pipelines) in the Gulf and east of the Rockies. I wouldn't expect a large change in California prices because of this, and even so, the change is a long way off."

Q I know some people seem to be upset by seeing Miss Lindsay Lohan's mug on the second page of the paper along with Roadshow, but if you actually read the articles in this "People" section, you'll see that it is written in a delightfully tongue-in-cheek style and gives these people the coverage they truly deserve. This column is humorous and I'd hate to see it restricted. I look forward to it every day. It brightens my mornings.

Cindy Monges

Morgan Hill

A You have had several bright mornings lately.

Q When will the work on Highway 101 in the Prunedale area end? Seems like they've been working there for a long time.

Dave Castillo

San Jose

A Work began two years ago and should wrap up in late 2015. In a few weeks traffic will be shifted to the northbound side at Espinosa/Russell Road to work on the new Sala Road interchange.

Q I frequently drive through the intersection of Ravenswood Avenue and Alma Street in Menlo Park, which is one of the craziest intersections I have ever seen, involving four lanes of usually fairly heavy traffic on Ravenswood, a railroad crossing and a frequently used crosswalk. I am constantly amazed that there aren't more accidents here.

I think that intersection could use a light, timed to coordinate with the light at Ravenswood and El Camino. Any chance?

Cynthia Ishler

Menlo Park

A No. A traffic light was considered at this intersection once before but city officials deemed it not feasible for the following reasons:

  • Proximity of the railroad tracks to this intersection and frequency of train service could slow the flow of traffic.

  • Proximity of the signal at El Camino Real and Ravenswood could cause further congestion on El Camino. With a short distance between these two intersections, backups for eastbound cars could reach as far back as El Camino and westbound cars as far back as the railroad tracks.

  • Nearby Linfield Oaks residents are concerned that additional traffic would cut through their neighborhood if a signal were installed.

    The city has added lights in the crosswalk at Ravenswood, placed "Stop" and "Right Turn Only" signs on Alma, banned some U-turns between 4 and 6 p.m., and painted "Keep Clear" markings at the intersection.

    Q I frequently face a traffic jam around Rengstorff Avenue and Central Expressway around 6 p.m. The light that lets traffic move north on Rengstorff by crossing the railway tracks sometimes takes 10 minutes to turn green. There is a long line of cars waiting to cross the railway junction. Since Caltrain runs frequently through here, they should let more drivers cross rather than keep them waiting this long. Is there any chance this can be changed to a better experience?

    Adrita Bohr

    Sunnyvale

    A Help is on the way. Caltrain will be upgrading the traffic signal at this intersection, with work expected to be in under way this summer. Delays should then be greatly reduced.

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