Category Archives: travel

Fewer people to travel this July 4 holiday weekend

There will be fewer travelers this July 4 holiday weekend compared to last year, predicts AAA of Northern California. The reason? Last year, July 4 fell on a Wednesday, so more people took the entire week off, adding up to … Continue reading

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Summer road trip tips from NHTSA

Thinking about taking a road trip this summer? Play along with this interactive program from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Simply click on the various items in the picture to unlock tips for your trip. Summer Driving Tips

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Electric rental cars now available at Hertz

Folks who need a rental car that uses zero gasoline can turn to Hertz Rental, at 132 Center St. in Santa Cruz. Ecology Action has been working with local car rental centers to add plug-in electric vehicles to their fleets. … Continue reading

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Seeking local traffic, travel information in one place

Dear Street Smarts, Q: We are still waiting after three-plus years as to when electronic signs will be updated with pertinent information. Bob Zimway via the Street Smart Blog A: Right now, those signs are used to give information such … Continue reading

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Loud mufflers, car stereos have no place on the road

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live across a small lagoon that has Highway 1 on one side and my road on the other. I can hear every motorcycle and car with low booming bass, trucks, and other loud vehicles. My … Continue reading

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Passenger rail service planned for Santa Cruz County Rail line

Efforts to have passenger rail service along the former Union Pacific rail line this year have been put on hold pending repairs to bridges along the 32-mile route. Santa Cruz County’s Regional Transportation Commission and Iowa Pacific Holdings, which does … Continue reading

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Of 11.7 million holiday travelers, 10 million to drive, AAA says

AAA predicts about 11.7 million Californians plan to travel during this holiday season. That’s a 1.8 percent jump over last year. Of the predicted holiday travelers, 10 million will drive, an increase of 1.4 percent from 2011, AAA reported. If … Continue reading

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Wet weather tips for drivers, cyclists ad pedestrians

Rain is in the forecast all weekend long, as well as at least one day next week. Here are some tips to help you get to your destination safety from the California Office of Traffic Safety, with a few additives … Continue reading

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Welcome back

Welcome back! How was your Labor Day holiday weekend? Did you go anywhere or do anything fun and exciting? I did the stay-cation thing: chilled at home, hit some sales and had lunch with friends. Share your Labor Day festivities … Continue reading

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Memorial Day travel up over last year

Fluctuating gas prices will not keep and estimated 3.5 million Californians from jumping in their cars and hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA of Northern California. That’s a 1.6 percent increase over last year. All told, … Continue reading

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