Category Archives: public transportation

No easy solutions to put the brakes on traffic congestion

There are hot spots around the county that frequently draw letters from readers seeking a fix. Traffic congestion on Mission Street is one such topic that is never ending. Today, Street Smarts will address recent letters regarding the congestion in … Continue reading

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More Californians walking, biking, using public transportation

The percentage of Californians who are walking, biking or using public transportation has more than doubled since the year 2000, according to a review by the California Household Travel Survey. “Based on this research, we can make good decisions about transportation … Continue reading

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Fund it, build it, reader says

On Monday, Street Smarts asked readers for ideas on ways to unravel Santa Cruz County’s gridlock. Many suggestions came in. Here are the traffic congestion busting thoughts of Robert Hull: Solving today’s traffic problems requires updating many parts of our … Continue reading

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The race to unravel gridlock

Traffic congestion — everybody dislikes being stuck in gridlock and in recent weeks Street Smarts has been fielding a good share of letters from readers complaining about it. They’ve been requesting that local public works departments make changes, whether it … Continue reading

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60 is not old, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think your column is a very good idea. I usually think you do a good job with it but I think you greatly missed the boat with your recent column on elderly drivers. First, 60 years … Continue reading

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Seniors: When to ditch the car keys

In 1987, when my late grandma was 60, she voluntarily gave up her car keys. At that time, Jenny Kennedy Raines, who passed away last March due to heart failure, was still greatly independent and working a full-time job. Her … Continue reading

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Talking bus safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The pads that trigger the lights for the buses to leave the Pacific Station terminal onto Front Street are out of order. Every time I bring it up to the district they say it belongs to … Continue reading

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Talking traffic to DeLaveaga school, commute solutions

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was interested to read your Street Smarts column about how school traffic has been affected by the La Fonda overpass construction. Ms. Speiser may be accurate in her efforts to help ease traffic by encouraging … Continue reading

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Discussing safety on Highway 17

The Santa Cruz County Traffic Operations Oversight Committee and Safe on 17 Task force will meet 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday at at the San Jose area CHP office, at 2020 Junction Ave., to discuss safety efforts along Highway 17. The group, … Continue reading

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Ride the bus to the County Fair

The Santa Cruz County Fair begins today, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Metro and Metro ParaCruz can take you there. The fair, which has been bringing carnival rides, games, farm animals, cotton candy, agriculture and entertainment to South County since 1941, … Continue reading

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