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After more protests, council agrees to consider Owens Drive traffic problems on Feb. 21

Original post made on Jan 20, 2017

Although 10 BART commuters complained to the Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday night about Owens Drive traffic changes, they were told they'd have to wait until Feb. 21 to get a response.

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24 people like this
Posted by Maggie
a resident of Valencia
on Jan 20, 2017 at 9:48 am

Taking note of those that approved this idiotic change to Owens Drive so I can vote them out at the next election!


22 people like this
Posted by Heather
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jan 20, 2017 at 9:55 am

I agree this is ridiculous. Why would anyone think its a good idea to take 3 lanes of traffic immediately down to one right in front of Bart? Rip it out and start over. Who approved this nonsense? When this private developer submitted the plans why did the city approve this PERMANENT narrowing???!!! In front of BART! Now its going to cost a lot of tax payers money to fix this mess. The new street light is already in along with the old one. But it needs to be fixed.


25 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2017 at 11:23 am

It seems to me that if it can be proved that the narrowing was done to please a developer, such developer should pay to put it back the way it was! It is way past time to stop special interests to screw the population!


2 people like this
Posted by Bella
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Jan 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

I have to ask. Why does BART commuters drive west instead to Hopyard and take the freeway? Or drive Chabot to Gilbralter to Stoneridge?

Restricting eastbound lanes has been a long standing attempt to keep cross town cut through traffic out. The lanes were restricted last year to bottle neck on Stoneridge too. All it does is back up traffic for everyone - commuters and residents in Pleasanton trying to get home. i think the so called cut through drivers are those living in SE Pleasanton and nearby Livermore. We need to share the streets.


10 people like this
Posted by thumb
a resident of Siena
on Jan 20, 2017 at 6:16 pm

do we always shut down a lane of traffic for new apartments? why did this place get priority? and where are the bicyclist supposed to ride?


2 people like this
Posted by Remember
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2017 at 9:59 pm

When you are complaining about protestors, that protesting sometimes works.


6 people like this
Posted by Save our town
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 20, 2017 at 11:28 pm

Save our town from all the commuter traffic going to/from Livermore and Tracy. We need to add more stop signs and narrow the streets to discourage commuters from using our streets as a bypass. Let's make Pleasanton First!


Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Vintage Hills

on Jan 21, 2017 at 9:17 am

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7 people like this
Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 21, 2017 at 12:06 pm

3 lanes are for freeways. Doesn't matter how fast you go, the stoplights are going to catch you anyway. Reduce the speed to 35, time the lights and you'll get there faster and safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.


16 people like this
Posted by Airgar
a resident of Ironwood
on Jan 22, 2017 at 9:26 am

Airgar is a registered user.

If anyone has the information about who did vote to approve this I would love to hear the names. In my mind those are the representatives who are looking the other way in favor of the the special interests or not reading the proposal.


3 people like this
Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2017 at 9:51 am

Really Airgar...? It doesn't matter who is individually responsible for project shortcomings...if true. We collectively, as a Community, are responsible for lack of oversight.


2 people like this
Posted by Seriously
a resident of Foothill Place
on Jan 22, 2017 at 11:16 am

The vocal minority who missed all the previous meetings strikes again. When will we stop giving into these whiners?


12 people like this
Posted by res1
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jan 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm

How would of the public know that the road there was going to be reduced as part of that development? Being this is right in front of a major infrastructure our city uses, BART, the city should have notified the whole city that this was being proposed. People hard about the apartments but don't think anybody know that they were going to give two lanes of the street for parking for the apartment.

The city needs to do a better job in notifying the public on proposed projects that will be affecting our infrastructure.


17 people like this
Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm

The city learned a long time ago that it's better to be sneaky and quiet and not be obvious about what they are trying to sneak by us citizens, this 3 lane to 1 lane reduction will pale in comparison to what they are going to do to us with that downtown civic center plan, hold on to your wallets Houdini himself would be proud of their next "magic" act!


7 people like this
Posted by Traffic
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2017 at 8:48 pm

While they try to figure out how to fix this bad decision, how about getting rid of the Iron Horse Trail signal. Why cant these people walk up to the signals that were already there. No one uses this signal for the trail, its just become a pedestrian crossing for BART. The traffic engineer for Pleasanton sould lose their job for this debacle.


16 people like this
Posted by Iron Horse Trail User
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 23, 2017 at 4:06 pm

The Iron Horse Trail is used by many and the signal for the trail is to protect walkers that are crossing a busy street. Pleasanton's signals are consistent with those of other cities that the trail goes through. Safety of walkers is more important than saving a few minutes of time from a person in a car. Pleasanton's focus on providing safe street crossings for all of our walking trails should be applauded, not ridiculed.


8 people like this
Posted by johnny
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jan 24, 2017 at 1:51 pm

I love to hear the name of our city officials to approve that none sense. They may get cookie from private developers.


7 people like this
Posted by Skylar
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm

Skylar is a registered user.

As a longtime Pleasanton resident who commutes via BART, I am flabberghasted at the decision to change Owens Drive to a single eastbound lane in front of one of the busiest BART stations in the system. It is an absolute nightmare for all commuters who live in the eastbound direction whether in Pleasanton or Livermore or farther out. Why any city planner would approve this type of nose-in retail parking adjacent to single-lane access in a historically high-traffic, heavily-congested area is beyond belief.

The discontent is NOT about losing an extra 15 seconds, it's about the DANGER of being broadsided when exiting BART and trying to manuever a left-hand turn into the backedup traffic in the existing single-lane while negotiating increased foot traffic and oncoming traffic. It's clearly going to get much worse once the retail space is occupied and traffic in the single-lane is stopped by drivers trying to exit the parking spaces which will require them to back up into oncoming traffic.

This is not downtown Main Street in Pleasanton with storefronts, this is a main thoroughfare and it is entirely foreseeable that there will be increased accidents once the retail space is occupied and the parking spaces are actively used. It will be of no surprise when innocent pedestrians are injured by drivers trying to jockey for parking and/or to get through the congrested single-lane corridor.

While the incompetent morons who approved the planning can and will be voted out of office, the liability to the city and thereby all Pleasanton residents will be permanent.


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