VTA looking for feedback from commuters on Highway 280 corridor


Frequent commuters on Interstate Highway 280 from Palo Alto to San Jose can provide feedback on how to improve conditions along the corridor at a community meeting this evening.

The public can provide input for a study underway on a 22-mile stretch from Palo Alto at the San Mateo County border to the interchange of Highway 280, U.S. Highway 101 and Interstate Highway 680 in San Jose, according to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Quinlan Center's Cupertino Room at 10185 Stelling Road in Cupertino.

The agency is looking for areas they should focus on to help reduce traffic, increase safety and address issues for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The $750,000 project is also exploring ways to boost public transit connections, improve the roads and provide a plan for noise abatement.

The study is expected to produce a report in the spring and lead to transportation projects on the corridor, agency officials said.

Another meeting is scheduled for Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at San Jose City Hall's Committee Room 1-119 at 200 E. Santa Clara St.

People can also provide their input through an online survey at


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Posted by Steve Ly
a resident of Los Altos
on Sep 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm

It shouldn't be too difficult to identify the problem areas. Just look for backups caused by unnecessary merges, such as Magdalena Road and Northbound 280 as it passes under 680/17.

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Posted by Peter
a resident of another community
on Sep 22, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Please fix the bottleneck on 280 South at Magdalena Road.

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Posted by Be positive
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:26 pm

Be positive is a registered user.

what do pedestrians and bikes have to do with 280?

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Posted by Zak
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 23, 2016 at 10:44 am

The Magdalena problem is also connected to the outflow of traffic from Foothill college. In addition to reconfiguring the roadbed to get rid of the lane reduction, it might be necessary to install an on-ramp stoplight to modulate the flow of traffic from Foothill.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 23, 2016 at 12:48 pm

@Be positive - pedestrians and bicyclists need safe ways to get across the freeway. Many of the existing interchanges are extremely dangerous with no sidewalks or bike lanes.

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Posted by Be Positive
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 23, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Be Positive is a registered user.

@parent - where do bikes and pedestrians actually cross 280 itself? It seems like there are overpasses, etc. for all crossings. Although I do agree that the ramps on and off 280 have lots of issues, perhaps that is where they mean?

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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 23, 2016 at 2:53 pm

@Be positive - the I-280 & Page Mill Road interchange is partially Caltrans' responsibility. VTA and neighboring cities can't do anything without Caltrans involvement. Same goes for all other interchanges. There are bicycle-only I-280 overpasses in Los Altos or Palo Alto or Menlo Park.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 23, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Last sentence in the previous post should say there are NO bicycle-only overpasses over I-280 in this part of the peninsula. Bicyclists and pedestrian must jockey with freeway speed cars on the freeway onramps and offramps on surface streets.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Monroe Park
on Sep 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Absolutely NO HOV lanes. It is a fundamentally flawed concept that only creates pointless congestion.

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Posted by JMD
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 24, 2016 at 4:48 pm

The intersection at page mill and 280, which is now a stop sign, needs a light badly.

In the mornings that off ramp into Palo Alto is just a nightmare and traffic backs up onto the fwy.

I would spend long at that off ramp than my entire drive on 280 coming from Daly City into Palo Alto in the mornings. Faster to go to El Monte and backtrack.

A four lane stop sign was never a good idea. It needs a light, for bicycle safety especially.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 24, 2016 at 5:15 pm

I agree that the 280/Page Mill intersection needs a light. I particularly think it needs a sequence with a bike only green light and a bike only red light. The present idea of WB bikes having to cross traffic to go straight is fundamentally flawed. Keeping them to the right and then having their own light in the sequence would make it much safer for them and a lot less confusing for motor vehicles. This is how it would be done in many European major intersections and would work extremely well at this particular intersection.

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