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Mailbag: Santa Rosa’s parking surveillance SUV; travel time signs

Questions from Road Warrior readers: Santa Rosa’s parking surveillance SUV What is that police car that drivers around and has all the cameras and surveillance equipment on it and has Parking Enforcement on its sides. Are we supposed to believe that vehicle patrols parking spaces? Just curious. Kurt You’re referring to the white Ford Escape hybrid that Santa Rosa started using about two years ago to look for parking violators. It cost $64,957 and is equipped with four cameras, two… Read More »

Car-pool hours even on holidays

It’s Thanksgiving, and you’re driving to a relative’s house for turkey dinner. If you’re going by yourself, stay out of the car-pool lanes during car-pool hours. Yes, car-pool lane hours are in effect Monday through Friday regardless if Thursday happens to be Thanksgiving or if another holiday falls on one of those days. John Goodwin, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, said state regulations on car-pool lanes don’t differentiate between a work day and a holiday, so the hours… Read More »

Bay Area annual pothole report

Roads maintained by Sonoma County no longer are the worst in the Bay Area — they’re second worse. In its annual pothole report, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission reported today that the county roads last year had a pavement condition index of 45, which is rated as poor. But that’s one point higher than the rating of 44 that the county received in 2006, 2007 and 2008 — all years in which it ranked at the bottom of MTC’s list. The… Read More »

Fewer car pooling in Sonoma County

As Highway 101 is being widened in Sonoma County to add a car-pool lane during commute hours, the number of commuters car pooling has dropped, according to Census Bureau data. The bureau’s American Community Survey of 2006-2008 found 26,176 workers car pooled, down from 28,283 in the 2000 Census. The number who drove alone to work was 167,959 in 2006-2008, down slightly from 168,134 in 2000. (Total Sonoma County workers for both periods were about the same, 224,947 in 2000… Read More »