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January 27, 2010 > Letter to the Editor: Mission's New Mission

Letter to the Editor: Mission's New Mission

Clear the Traffic!

It is 7:30 in the morning. Endless cars, one after another, honing and moving like a bunch of snails toward the same destination. As drivers look for a shortcut, the only things they see are the cars in front of them. They try to back up, only to find cars behind them as well, pressuring them to go on. There is nothing left to do but to watch as the line moves slowly forward. These cars contain students who are going to be late for school and their parents are just as worried because after this slow-moving mess, they'll have to get out of it too. This is just a typical school morning in Mission San Jose High School.

Mission's traffic jams have caused problems... from students being late to blockage of more than a mile of roads and safety. Every morning, cars block major streets like Mission Blvd at Palm Ave. Parents coming from Chiltern and Driscoll are also facing traffic problems. To make matters worse, drivers are using dangerous methods to cross between the swarm of cars. Some drivers try to cut in front of another car to drop off their kids, others prefer to force their way through and crowd in whenever possible.

School is supposed to be a safe place, but dangerous driving like this undermines safety; this is not the goal of the Fremont Unified School district.

There are solutions to this problem that can reduce traffic and increase the safety of students. Expand Palm Ave so cars will be able to travel on two lanes instead of one in each direction. Another solution is to open another roadway on the other side of the school; create two locations where parents can drop off their kids. To reduce traffic jams in the horseshoe area, replace it with a special walkway for the students. These methods may be the key to solving traffic problems at Mission San Jose High School and increase safety for students.

Mission is a very good school, but if its traffic problems can be solved, then it will be a great school for students. I hope the Fremont Unified School District will try to do something in the future to address this problem. That way, students will be able to come to school in a safe environment without having to constantly look out for cars coming every second from every direction.

Kang (Frank) Chen
Mission San Jose High School
Grade 9

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