Q There are no lighted streetlights at the intersection of Highway 85 and Interstate 280 near Cupertino. At night when one is driving south on 280 to get onto 85 north, it is impossible to see the exit lane and only possible to maneuver it if one is familiar with it. Mr. Roadshow, Man of Influence, can you persuade Caltrans to turn on those lights? ... This is not a place you would want your mother to have car trouble in her black Mercedes at night. Any chance of a fix before that happens?
Margaret Lawson, Steve Lebus and zillions more
A It's dark here and elsewhere.
Q My commute takes me from Fremont to SFO. Can you get Caltrans to repair the two streetlights that are inoperative at the top turn on the 880/92 offramp coming from Fremont? It is real dark there and only my headlights illuminate the turn.
A And ...
Q The pedestrian bridge at 280 and Monroe appears to have a wiring problem; all eight lights are out. Worse, in the pedestrian tunnel under the 280-880 flyover, five of six lights are out. It's pretty spooky in there after sundown.
A State crews say copper thieves are again to blame. There are also outages on 280-680 from Jackson to McLaughlin due to these criminals. Crews hope to fix the lights at all of these areas within a couple of weeks.
Q We arrived the other day at the Tamien Caltrain station, and the parking lot was so full at 3 p.m. that my husband parked up the hill in the dirt where 20 or 30 other cars were.
Then when we arrived back at Tamien at 10 p.m., we discovered that there is also no lighting up in the dirt lot. Any hope of resolution from the folks who want us to use public transit? Winter is coming and that dirt slope full of cars will also be full of mud.
A Lighting is not provided in the unpaved area because it is not intended for parking. There are 275 parking spaces on the Caltrain side of the station, of which 59 are for the Tamien child care center. Overflow parking is available on the light rail side.
Q Since we have only lived in Saratoga since 1969, my wife and I have probably have not had time to experience the death-defying dangers described in the recent letters about Saratoga traffic.
We bank and frequently dine in Saratoga and walk through town, frequently crossing Big Basin, as well throughout our neighborhood. We have never felt at risk or threatened by inattentive or rude drivers.
We have experienced the opposite: drivers stopping for us to cross while we were standing on the roadside waiting for traffic to pass before entering the crosswalk. However, I have observed many inattentive and rude pedestrians, many of whom are walking while texting or on their cellphone, who enter the crosswalk without looking at oncoming traffic and sometimes cause the motorist to make a panic stop.
My point: Inattentiveness and rudeness is a two-way street, and it is unfair to place all of the blame on the motorist. All in all, I think Saratoga traffic deserves at least an A-.
A Anyone else care to weigh in more on this raging Roadshow debate?