Norris Canyon HOV ramp opponents say they'll fight all such ramps Comments on Stories, posted by , a resident of , on Jan 20, 2012 at 8:44 am
At their meeting Thursday night, opponents of the Norris Canyon HOV/bus lane project said they hope to stop not only that project, but all the others like it. They've started a petition that they want to bring to San Ramon City Council, but also want residents of Danville to step up to fight a similar project planned for Sycamore Road.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 19, 2012, 10:59 PM
Posted by Ms.Bunny, a resident of San Ramon, on Jan 20, 2012 at 8:44 am
Though I'm quite doubtful it will be stopped entirely, more likely? Design modification likely (Dave Lister, I think that's his name...posted the best idea online here several weeks ago...Hope he relayed it to Cal Trans by the deadline date)
Posted by Rochelle, a resident of San Ramon, on Jan 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm
This is story is incredibly uninformative. No explanation about why the ramps are proposed, and no explanation as to why the opponents are against making public transit and carpool efforts easier. (In their back yard or anybody else's.) I don't get it. Improving transit seems like a good thing to me. Better transit and easier carpooling means fewer cars on the roads, less stress, less air pollution, and all the related benefits of those things. And another off-ramp to channel those buses and carpoolers to means fewer cars for the rest of us to deal with on the heavily congested existing off-ramps. So what's the problem? And suggested design or use modifications, those things would be good to hear more about.
Posted by Roz Rogoff, the San Ramon Observer, on Jan 31, 2012 at 12:42 pm Roz Rogoff is a member (registered user) of San Ramon Express
Jamie & Steve,
These are not regular on/off ramps. These would go directly to and from HOV lanes and would be used by buses and vanpools as well as other vehicles qualified for HOV lane use. These would make access to HOV lanes easier and less likely to cause accidents by vehicles crossing three lanes of freeway traffic to and from regular on/off ramps.
The money is from Measure J 1/2 cent sales tax which passed by 71% in 2006. This pot of cash can only go to the MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) for transportation. Construction would not begin until 2018, if at all.
Please read my blog on this issue, because I explain it in detail. Web Link
Jim Gibbon is stirring up this neighborhood so he can convince MTC to put light rail on the I-680. Since the I-680 isn't suitable for light rail and e-BART would be too costly, if any light rail is added it would probably be on San Ramon Valley Blvd. That would result in one or more stations in San Ramon, which would be a greater safety hazard than the HOV lanes could ever be.
Posted by FrankG, a resident of San Ramon, on Feb 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm
Gee, here's a project that might allow more people to get through the grid-locked 680 corridor and costs a tiny fraction of the $1.5B it would cost to add a lane to 680. Reduce congestion, improve our local infrastructure, and better asset utilization. Sounds like a good idea to me!
Maybe these people want to get rid of the internet as well!