Traffic Jammin’ with Janis Mara – Every Monday at 2pm on Claycord.com
TRAFFIC JAMMER: Greetings, all! This Claycord.com column is for everyone who negotiates the highways and public transit of the Bay Area. It runs every Monday at 2pm and answers your commuting and transportation questions.
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COMMUTER: My car has reached the end of its natural life, I’m afraid – I got a letter from the state telling me I’d been reported for too much smoke coming out of my tailpipe. What are the consequences of being reported this way?
–Smoking But Not Hot
TRAFFIC JAMMER: Fear not, Smoking But Not Hot – nothing is going to happen to you, as long as you take care of this problem. You can get the car fixed, or if it really is done, over, through, fini, caput, history, guess what? You may be able to surrender it to the state and get money back. Visit the Bureau of Auto Repair, one of the best friends a Californian ever had, to see if you are eligible: Call 866-272-9642 or go to www.smogcheck.ca.gov.
COMMUTER: I see many funeral processions up the street where I work and I have, as one of the youngest grandchildren, participated in way too many processions as my aunts and uncles have passed. I always have wondered what is the legal speed limit for carrying a corpse? It truly does seem to be a controlled speed.
Thank you so much for all of the information you provide us. Sorry for the morbid question.
TRAFFIC JAMMER: It certainly does seem as though there is a lower speed limit for funeral processions, Pleasant Jenny, but Pleasant Hill Police Officer John Hunt said that’s not the case. “The speed limit is determined by the vehicle and the location, not by what you are carrying,” Officer Hunt said.
COMMUTER: Why is it that FedEx, UPS and delivery trucks get away with parking their trucks in red zones, leave their trucks unattended and proceeding with their deliveries without penalty? I’ve seen this on Treat Boulevard where the 3-lane mini-freeway is suddenly narrowed to two lanes, with no cones or warning, by the big semi moving companies delivering to apartments by BART. Can you help?
TRAFFIC JAMMER: As Mika suggests, Beloved Claycordians, it is illegal to park in a red zone. Larger businesses usually have loading zones and that’s what truckers use when they can. As you probably already know, local police departments are short-handed – Walnut Creek just had to disband its traffic division – so this is a tough one. If it looks as though a truck is creating an immediate danger, you could always report it, Mika.
COMMUTER: Have you traveled eastbound on Grant, then East Street? The lights are so poorly timed, I find myself wasting more and more time. They appear to give priority to left-turning westbound traffic that is practically nonexistent and as soon as one turns green, the next one turns red. It is almost comical. Please let the traffic engineers know.
TRAFFIC JAMMER: Dunga, looks like this is one of those situations with dueling priorities. The Jammer contacted Concord Traffic Manager Ray Kuzbari and he said, “Port Chicago Highway runs so close to East Street, it is very hard to get signals coordinated in sequence both on East and Port Chicago Highway. We favor Port Chicago Highway because it’s the busier street and as a result, East Street does not get perfect coordination.”
COMMUTER: The City fixed the bumps on Margo–thanks for your help.
TRAFFIC JAMMER: Beloved Claycordians, Bob is referring to Margo Drive in Concord. The Jammer is pleased to have been of assistance and glad, Bob, that you let me know.
COMMUTER: Hi Jammin’ Janis, here’s a question that I’m sure you’ll find a solution for.
Traffic has been very slow along Ygnacio and Clayton Road in the mornings and I’ve not been able to find a site to give a traffic report. It’s easy to get an Interstate 680 report but I don’t know a site to get a report for local Claycord traffic. Any suggestions?
Thanks – a local commuter and regular JJ reader!
TRAFFIC JAMMER: Thanks right back at you, Local Commuter! You and your fellow Claycordians are a bright spot in my life! As you already know, www.sigalert.com is a cool site that shows how fast traffic is going on various Bay Area freeways – I believe that’s what you’re talking about, yes? We’ve also discussed the Caltrans live traffic cameras, http://video.dot.ca.gov/.
TRAFFIC JAMMER: That’s it for this week – see you next Monday. Be sure to cruise by Claycord.com at 2pm for more traffic intelligence. Remember, whether you drive, walk, bike or hop Amtrak, BART or AC Transit, Traffic Jammer Janis Mara is here to answer your questions.
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