Pick the date Ber­ryessa BART opens, win $100 Clip­per card

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS - Gary Richards Colum­nist Fol­low Gary Richards at Twit­ter.com/mr­road­show, look for him at Face­book.com/mr.roadshow or con­tact him at mr­road­show@ba­yare­anews­group.com. Con­tact Gary Richards at grichards@ba­yare­anews­group.com or 408-920- 5037.

QDo you have an up­dated es­ti­mated open­ing date for Ber­ryessa BART?

— SJ Guy

ANo, although BART should be tak­ing over the 10-mile ex­ten­sion for test­ing next month. But there’s an­other dead­line fast ap­proach­ing.

The first per­son to pick the date the line opens gets a Clip­per card pass worth $100 from Roadshow. To en­ter, email your pre­dic­tion to mr­road­show@ ba­yare­anews­group.com be­fore June 1.

QAny idea when BART will tun­nel though down­town San Jose?

— Michael Phillips, Fre­mont

AThe target date is 2026, but I’m bet­ting it will be later. VTA got a $730 mil­lion shot in the arm last month from Cal­i­for­nia’s new gas tax. This helps pave the way to a $1.5 bil­lion re­quest for fed­eral fund­ing to be made this sum­mer.

QYou said sur­vey work will be­gin to raise the bridge decks at the MacArthur Maze. What does this mean? Would they shut down the bridges to raise the deck up a few feet?

— Richard Gar­low

ANo. Cal­trans will in­crease the ver­ti­cal clear­ances in the Maze to the cur­rent stan­dard of 16.5 feet. To do so, the state has to make some mod­i­fi­ca­tions to ex­ist­ing struc­tures — rais­ing some, low­er­ing oth­ers. Sur­vey work was recently com­pleted.

QDoes the DMV have an al­ter­na­tive to the writ­ten test? There must be peo­ple with lim­ited lit­er­acy abil­ity due to lack of flu­ency in English, Span­ish, Viet­namese or whose first lan­guage is Ice­landic, Ton­gan, etc.

— Carl Ode­gaard

AThe DMV does not ad­min­is­ter many writ­ten tests these days. They have touch-screen ter­mi­nals in all of­fices, re­plac­ing the tra­di­tional paper exam with an au­to­mated knowl­edge test. The DMV started us­ing the touch-screen ter­mi­nals in 2014, when the tests were only avail­able in English and Span­ish. Now, au­to­mated and au- dio tests are avail­able in 32 lan­guages.

The DMV also of­fers Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage, a per­son-to-per­son ex­am­i­na­tion and can pro­vide an in­ter­preter at no cost to the cus­tomer.

QI loved your ref­er­ence to the base­ball player Ron Santo recently. He and I at­tended the same high school in the ’ 50s — Fran­klin High School in Seat­tle. He was a star ath­lete even then, quar­ter­back for our football team, for­ward on the basketball team, and of course, base­ball.

— Judy Cum­mings, Los Al­tos Hills

ASanto was my boy­hood idol and I would take his base­ball card and put it in the spokes of my bi­cy­cle to make a cool noise as my bud­dies and I roared down the steep hills of Dubuque, Iowa. The Santo card did not fare well.

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