Tag Archives: commute

Old San Jose resurfaced for safety not Amgen, county says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Regarding Old San Jose Road, this road was re-paved a couple of years ago and is now glass-smooth and beautifully banked in the curves. As a result, it seems to be attracting all kinds of vehicles … Continue reading

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Hwy 17 needs an auxiliary lane through Los Gatos, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Here in Santa Cruz, we have achieved better traffic flow by adding merge lanes to Hwy 1. I was a Los Gatos mountains resident for 25 years, commuting to Cupertino. It finally dawned on me that … Continue reading

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Back to school commuting tips

It’s back to school season. That means more traffic and a longer commute to work. It also means more kids on the road in their parents cars, on foot, bikes, skateboards, etc. going to and from school. Street Smarts solicited … 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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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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Monday is Earth Day, workers encouraged to ‘Skip the Commute’

Each Earth Day, workers who drive to their place of business are encouraged to seek other means to commute, such as carpooling, riding the bus or their bike. This year, the push is on for folks to telecommute, if they … Continue reading

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Reader sought radio, email traffic alerts during truck incident

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Three communication outlets were not discussed in your article either of which would have saved me an hour wasted in trying to travel from Capitola to the west side of Santa Cruz just after noon that … Continue reading

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Dump the Pump, ride the bus Thursday, you never know, you may like it

Thursday is Dump the Pump Day, a day commuters are asked to leave their personal vehicle at home and take public transit. Started in 2006 when gas prices were hovering around $3 per gallon, Dump the Pump Day tried to … Continue reading

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Amgen Tour no walk on the beach for motorists; drivers urged to avoid unincorporated north- and mid-Santa Cruz County Monday

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Do you know what the street route will be for the Amgen bike race on Monday, May 14? I wish to avoid the Soquel and Aptos area while driving my care-giving client to doctor appointments that … Continue reading

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Hwy 17 drainage project ‘pedal to metal’ despite rain, other hurdles

    The $18.1 million construction project aimed at improving wet weather driving conditions on the curvy three-mile portion of Highway 17 between Summit Road and south of bear Creek Road is pedal to the metal. That’s good news for … Continue reading

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