Roadshow: Summer traffic takes no break


Q: I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Grumpy, who said that summer traffic does not seem even the slightest bit lighter this year. Interstate 280 is a mess, as always — even at 10 a.m. during the summer months.

Debbie Rice
Campbell

A: I-280 now ranks as the third most congested freeway in the Bay Area.

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Q: Do I agree with Mr. Grumby that summer traffic isn’t any lighter? You bet. I’ve been writing you about that at least since 2014.

Gary Brainin
San Jose

A: That’s a long time. Highway traffic counts are coming in a few months, but I checked traffic data on the six state-run bridges in the Bay Area. In 2014, 23.7 million passed through the toll plazas in June and July. This year, more nearly 25 million.

So yes, summer traffic is getting worse.

Q: In the past few years, I’ve noticed that we no longer get a traffic break during summer. I have a theory that it is due to summer internships at Silicon Valley companies like Google, Apple, and the local law firms, especially since the population of “clueless” drivers not knowing traffic patterns and routes appears to increase at the same time.

Sharon Barbour
San Jose

A: Sorry, I don’t buy that. But …

Like Mr. Roadshow’s

Source:: The Mercury News

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