Q: Thank you for having this contest. The gas tank in my car is rather small, but it surely adds up, making this contest fun to think about winning.
In the meantime, due to high gas prices, I have been walking more and noticed there are “road hogs” even on sidewalks! Bicyclists ride up behind pedestrians walking in the same direction on sidewalks, even brushing us with their bikes. I know a man who had to wash tire marks from his slacks. What’s up with that?
Ronna Devincenzi, Palo Alto
A: I’m glad the contest was fun. Thanks for sharing your story about how you have adapted to higher gas prices, and what you’ve observed as you walk more.
The two winners of the contest, Choon Lee and Dee Gustavson, each correctly guessed the Nov. 15 price of $5.42 per gallon.
Q: I have read your column for years but this is my first query to you. Why is BART canceling so many trains? We go to the stations only to find our scheduled train has been canceled and the next one won’t arrive for another 25 minutes. Is this due to low ridership, too few train drivers, or what?
Barbara Scheifler, Berkeley, CA
A: The simple answer is staffing shortages of train operators and rail car mechanics. BART is attempting to hire more staff and also phasing in new trains.
Q: I drive north on Interstate 280 in the mornings, getting off at Stevens Creek. So often, I see people in the right lane at the Highway 17 interchange quickly veering to the left to stay on 280. It’s a very confusing area. A couple of weeks ago, there was an accident there. I’m sure it was not the first.
It would be a great place for Caltrans to put freeway markers on the road, as they do in other places, identifying which lanes go to Highway 17 vs 280. Just a thought!
A: It’s a great idea. The next time they repave the area, you can look for markings of this type on the pavement.
Q: Ever since San Jose resurfaced the area surrounding Blossom Hill Road and Snell Avenue, the stop lights have been cycling even when no cars are present. The stop light at Snell Avenue and Old Snell Way is especially frustrating. Can you help by working your magic with the city?
Robert Jones, San Jose
A: Loop sensors were damaged due to a recent pavement project. Until the damaged detectors are replaced, there is no functioning detection equipment available to sense the presence of vehicles on Snell Way. Timing adjustments have been made to reduce the delay while the detection equipment gets repaired.
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