Recent Streetsblog SF posts about San Jose

San Jose has designed larger curb radii into the newly widened Saint James Street, creating a new hazard for pedestrians. No crosswalk is included on the north side of the Saint James & Market street intersection. Image: City of San Jose

San Jose Makes Saint James Street More Dangerous

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Construction on San Jose’s huge North San Pedro plan is well underway. It removes a one-way, four-lane S-curve segment of Julian Street just east of Highway 87 and restores several blocks of the city’s original street grid. Removing that nasty S-curve and replacing it with a grid is good, but much of the North San Pedro plan still screams “car […]

South Bay Cities Still Have the Asphalt Bug

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“Induced demand” is the idea that building and widening roads doesn’t make traffic better–it makes it worse. Late last year Caltrans finally acknowledged that, yeah, it’s probably true that all the work they’ve been doing for the past few decades has been for naught. Not everyone got the memo. The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)’s proposed […]

Today: VTA Board Could Enshrine Road Expansions in Sales Tax Measure

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The Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors today could enshrine road widenings in its 20-year transportation sales tax, proposed for the ballot in Santa Clara County in November 2016. The agenda for today’s 5:30 p.m. board meeting includes approval of the sales tax measure language, which includes goals [PDF] to “provide congestion relief” and “relieve roadway, highway, and expressway bottle […]