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Downtown Light Rail Closure This Weekend

The VTA will be replacing the embedded light rail track in the roadway at the First and Devine streets intersection beginning Friday afternoon 1:00 pm through about 4:00 am Monday morning.

During this time a free “bus bridge” will replace light rail service between the Convention Center station and the Civic Center station with stops at the San Antonio, Santa Clara, St. James and Japantown/Ayer stations. The substitute “bus bridge” service runs at the same frequency as light rail service.

In addition, during this time northbound vehicle traffic on First Street will be detoured west on Devine Street, north on Market Street, east on Julian Street and then north on First Street.

All light rail bus bridge stops, including the one for southbound Japantown/Ayer passengers, are located adjacent to the affected stations; however, northbound passengers ending their trip at the Japantown/Ayer station will be dropped off at a temporary bus stop at Third and Empire streets.

The repair work involves demolishing existing concrete, removing old, worn rail, laying new track, and pouring new concrete.

More detailed information here.

Downtown Light Rail Closure
Beginning Friday August 22, 1:00 pm

VTA Customer Service 408-321-2300

San Jose Airport: Construction Update

While the work to improve SJC goes on, and on, deciphering and then maneuvering through the new traffic pattern can be a challenge. Today passengers can once again be dropped off curbside in front of Terminal A.

The arrival side was to be closed to traffic, due to construction, but thank goodness someone realized what a nightmare that would be. So yes, you can still be picked up curbside just outside of baggage claim. An airport traffic cop told me that they are encouraging passengers with carry-on bags to be picked up on the departure side, closer to the International building.

Highway 87

The speed limit on Highway 87 is now posted at 65 mph.- up from 55 mph. We will all get run over!

White Tower on 280?

While driving south on 280 between 85 and Apple’s main campus I noticed a humongous white plastic looking object on the left side of the freeway. What could it be? — A utility pole? A transmission tower? Would it soon be seeking signs from Martians?

This is what I have discovered:

Once upon a time, (two decades ago) the city of Cupertino was busy getting ready to connect Mary Ave. This would be accomplished with a car overpass spanning 280. Earthen ramps were readied on both sides. Then the city began to hear that the residents living near Stevens Creek were raising concerns. What impact would the traffic have on their neighborhood? The work was halted.

Fast-forward to 2008 and we find that the city of Cupertino is once again attempting to traverse 280. This time it will be with a Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge. For reference: walkers and bicyclists will be able to move from the area of De Anza College to Homestead High School with ease.

Redwoods on Highway 17 and 280

I though it was unusual to see logging trucks in our area. Then when the logs became a daily sighting on Highways 17 and 280, I wondered if perhaps some big redwoods had been removed one step ahead of a wildfire.

Actually, the trucks are part of a logging operation taking place on private land (160 acres) in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

As I strolled out one evening within a small cafe
A forty year old waitress to me these words did say
I see that you are a logger and not just a common bum
Because no one but a logger stirs his coffee with his thumb

–Grateful Dead Lyrics

Amgen’s Tour of California Rolls into San Jose.

The road
Looking over Silicon Valley from Sierra Road.

2/20: Stage 3 – Modesto to San José:

The race begins this morning in Modesto at 10am. It will be a great triumph just getting to San Jose. The route will take the riders to Patterson then up and over the 4360-foot summit of Mt. Hamilton. This is a beautiful drive by car, but not an easy feat by bike. The weather could add extra caution to the 18-mile descent.

Once here in the valley, the cyclists will be directed north on Piedmont Road and then unbelievably they will be asked to make it up Sierra (Grade) Road. This ‘hill’ of 1,943 feet in 3.7 miles may very well be the decider of today’s race. The downhill run from Calaveras Road to Piedmont Road, and then to City Hall should be a welcome breeze.

The CHP will be restricting motorized traffic during the day:

Calaveras Rd. – closed 1 to 3pm

Rolling Closure Areas:
Piedmont Rd.
Mabury Rd.
becomes Taylor St.
N. 2nd St.
St. James

3rd St. – closed between St. James and San Fernando noon to 6pm

Santa Clara St. – closed from Second to Fourth early morning to 6pm
and from Fourth to Seventh will be closed to 8pm.

Finish @ City Hall


Comcast TV
Wed, Feb 20, 8:00p – 9:00p

Obama Not in San Jose


John Kerry (yawn) and Zoe Lofgren (nice lady) will participate in a town meeting this Saturday at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.

They hope to help promote Obama’s (can’t find his way to San Jose) bid for the presidency.

Mexican Heritage Plaza – Feb. 2 @ 1:00p

1700 Alum Rock Ave.
San José, CA 95116

ph 408 928 5500

Event Hot Line
ph 408 928 5564

Traffic Alert: Hillary in San Jose


Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will be speaking at the McEnery Convention Center this Friday.

The event is open to the public, South Hall at 435 South Market Street, beginning at 4pm.

I expect that traffic in or around town will be a mess, so I suggest planning ahead.

Laboring to the Bays

And I thought I was intelligent — by not going away for a vacation during the Labor Day weekend. I thought I had learnt something about holiday traffic from my Memorial Day experience. I thought I could stay home mostly and just go to some nearby places and beat the freeway rush. I even decided to not venture out on Monday to avoid the crowd returning home. But what happened ulitmately?

Half Moon Bay beach


Changes at SJC

bus stop

I couldn’t help but notice the construction work across from the Terminal C Baggage Claim area at SJC. When I asked a PCO (guy in a green vest) what was up, he told me that the bus stop for the blue airport buses would be moved there.

This will be just the first of many changes coming to the airport, and to help us out SJC will host Neighborhood Meetings.

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