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Opinion Pleasanton Election Endorsements Are Out

Original post made by Stacey on Oct 22, 2008

Looks like Opinionpleasanton.com came out with their take on the election. Good times!

But allow me a moment to take those guys to task... Tsk tsk, guys! I see you haven't done your homework. I suggest you do what I did and ask the traffic engineering department about traffic light synchronization in Pleasanton instead of basing your boisterous opinions upon mere assumptions.

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Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 22, 2008 at 9:08 pm

I guess now is the time to spill the beans...

- In 2001, Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore received funding to upgrade the traffic communication systems.

- Traffic light synchronization began roughly in 2002. The patterns put in place at that time were not really optimized though. Within the last 2 years more time has been spent to make adjustments to the programming in order to increase the level of coordination that occurs.

- Example streets with coordination: Santa Rita Rd., Valley where it crosses Santa Rita, Hopyard Rd., and Stanley/First from Bernal/Valley to Bernal. Coordination patterns on these streets run only during certain peak times.

- Stoneridge, to my dismay, is not coordinated. Surprisingly, coordination does not work well on Stoneridge because the volume of traffic through the business park is too small!

That's it in a nutshell. There is a lot more detail I could add, but I think it is best left for another time. I learned that the reasons behind traffic can be complex and the solutions are equally complex. There's no one single solution that will fix our traffic problems. It will be a combination of things.

I thank Mr. Tassano for taking the time to answer my questions. I, like OpinionPleasanton, held the perception that there was no traffic light synchronization. I think a little "horn tooting" will dispel that assumption.


Posted by Mike Tassano, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 23, 2008 at 12:05 pm

I am glad that you took the time to contact the City with your signal timing questions. It sounds as though I was able to answer your questions.

Traffic Engineering welcomes the opportunity to answer questions, comments and concerns regarding our traffic signal system. As I mentioned to Stacey in my response to her email, it is not our intention to add delay to anyone's travel through Pleasanton. If you see a problem with the signals we want to hear about it, as it may be a malfunctioning signal, and if it is not, we should be able to explain the reason for the operation of the signal.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email me directly at mtassano@ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

Sincerely,
Mike Tassano
Director of Transportation
City of Pleasanton


Posted by frank, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 24, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Let me quote from the PW a few weeks ago:

Brozosky said the public is also frustrated over the failure of the Hosterman administration to make any headway on resolving traffic congestion, a promise in the last election campaign.

"When you have a traffic department of only 2-1/2 people--with one designated to planning and the other full-time employee to maintenance, you have less than one person who responsible for traffic coordination for the whole city," he said. "Traffic signals aren't working the way they should be which is causing drivers to find alternate routes through residential neighborhoods."

Even though he sat on the council he does not have a clue what's going on in the city traffic department!!! And yet he has his supporters!


Posted by Bonnie, a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 26, 2008 at 11:08 am

I know Jerry Thorne ran on a platform of improving traffic and it is worse NOT better! Do we/Steve/anyone in Pleasanton need to know all of the details of how the city is run? No. What we DO know is traffic bad down 580 at 3:30 in the afternoon First street is horrible all afternoon, Santa Rita backs up getting on 580 and going from Rayles to town, late in the day I can wait for 2 or 3 light changes just to go downtown. It stinks!


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 26, 2008 at 11:31 am

"Do we/Steve/anyone in Pleasanton need to know all of the details of how the city is run? No"

Well if that's the attitude, why bother supporting direct democracy? Leave all the details to the people hired for the job. :)


Posted by frank, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 26, 2008 at 9:44 pm

I presume Bonnie is a McCain/Pahlin supporter. Especially Pahlin. I am simply applying her logic. It goes like this.

Does Pahlin need to know how to run the executive branch of our nation(when McCain passes)? No, all she would need to know is that the economy is in crisis, our retirement funds are devastated, unemployment is about to sky-rocket to unheard of records since the depression, the Iraq war is consuming our blood and treasure,
Afghanistan is on the verge of returning to pre-9/11 status, and our superpower status in the world is no more.

Great logic, Bonnie. Brozosky can be ignorant and still run things. He does not need to know all details but he fails the basics test about what skills do planning and what skills do traffic engineering. We don't need Pahlin/Brozosky types of "leaders".


Posted by Downtown Observer, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 5, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Stacey, Stacey, Stacey. If you have driven in town between the hours of 7 am and 8:30 am and 3 pm and 6 pm, you must have noticed that nothing is working to regulate the traffic. Most of the streets mentioned are at gridlock at those times. So, if synchronization is in place, it appears that it is not working. And, wherever it is tried in earnest, it works.
Moreover, Opinion Pleasanton has proposed the Stoneridge Drive extension, for more than eight years. This is year is no exception. We proposed the extension as well as signal synchronization. Together they would be a giant help in relieving traffic gridlock.
Traffic figures supplied to OP end at 2005 and much of the verbiage is about freeway metering lights.
Therefore, research as well as observation has led us to our conclusion that the Council deserves its F grade for traffic.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 5, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Hi Guys,

It wasn't the grade. It was the line about this being the year to synchronize lights and the question for the candidates asking why there is no synchronization when the opposite was true.


Posted by Downtown Observer, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 6, 2008 at 9:12 am

When they are not all in sync., there is no synhronization. Most of the politicians agree with that premise. It is just that they do not live up to their campaign rhetoric. This is the year to get them all in sync.along with opening Stoneridge as well as pursuing Highway 84 improvements.


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