Angry Alamedian

San Francisco, CA

#1 Mar 11, 2014
Have you ever come home from a weekend away to find a new Sam Trans Bus Stop on the side of your house? That's what happen last month when my husband and I returned home. A white painters bucket with a sign that read Sam Trams 275.

Now I'm not sure how many people in Woodside Hills or Woodside Plaza take the bus, but I've only seen 3 people get on the bus between 7:00 to 8:30 am. What's worse is when I called the City to inquire why the residents of the area did not receive notification, I was told the "city engineer" approve the new locations. Really?

It seems that this bus sits on the corner of Massacuettes and Fernside "not in service" at times. Some drivers get out and smoke leaving their cigarette butts on the ground. We have joggers, people walking strollers or walking their dogs that are now subject to second hand smoke since they smoke outside the bus. Their butts are discarded right across from the open lot with the sign that says "no dumping." Please tell me why its ok to smoke in front of someone's home, but not in a City or Public area.

I feel if the city engineer thinks it ok to put buses in front of other peope homes, they should start with their own. The first week the bus was there, I've had my solar light pulled out and now broken. This light has been in place for over 3 years. A women sits on my retaining wall as she waits for the bus (which is parked) to open the doors to let her in. She's been asked twice to not sit on my private property. When I left 3 bags of donations out for the Lung Cancer Association, my husband caught her going through the bags picking out clothes. The bags were on my stairs; my private property. He asked her to stop but she left with a sweater.

We've complained to Sam Trans but were met with deaf ears. There are a number of new bus stops in Redwood City. Is it only me, or do you think that it is a city obliqation to notify residents when they are going to impact their streets?

Thank you Redwood City Officials for exposing me to second-hand smoke, allowing vandalism in my area, and for not caring!

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