Rengstorff/Central Expy Traffic?
Original post made by Casper48 on May 16, 2007
Has anyone else noticed changes in the traffic pattern at Rengstorff and Central?
I commute to downtown Palo Alto Mon-Fri. at 8-8:10 am. Since January, I have noticed a change in the flow of traffic. Seems like the Central Expy traffic now has priority. With the train crossing at Rengstorff, autos crossing Central -- or turning onto Central from Rengstorff -- have always been given preference after the crossing gates go up. That's not happening anymore, and some days I have to sit through 3 stop lights on Rengstorff before I can turn onto Central.
PS: Before this stream becomes a stage for using public transportation, I would love to take the train but I need my car for work.
on May 16, 2007 at 3:46 pm
Don Frances is a registered user.
I tend to avoid the Rengstorff crossing for the very reason you're talking about -- sitting through multiple red lights. Incredibly frustrating. On the other hand, I haven't noticed that it's any better, worse or different at similar crossings in town, like where Moffett turns into Castro.
Happily, the VTA is talking about putting an underpass at Rengstorff which would solve this problem for good. Details are at the bottom of this VTA story here:
on May 16, 2007 at 5:44 pm
I cross it every morning on my way to SB 101. However, I avoid it as much as possible on the way home. Sitting on the Shell Gas Station side of Rengstorff trying to cross over Central can cost you a good 5-10 minutes of time just sitting there (due to multiple trains).
on May 17, 2007 at 11:37 am
I avoid that part of Rengstorff, too. If it's convenient for you, try the San Antonio frontage road (across from HP/Mayfield just before the overpass). I discovered this great shortcut about 2 years after moving to MV. Takes you to Central at the stop light just north of the San Antonio overpass. A little out of the way but you make up the time you lose sitting in traffic.
Note to Don Frances: I did see the article on the proposed Rengstorff underpass when it appeared in the Voice.