Opinion Pleasanton Election Endorsements Are Out
Original post made by Stacey on Oct 22, 2008
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Transportation
City of Pleasanton
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!