Los Gatos continues to experience high levels of traffic congestion as do all cities in the Bay Area.
To put the issue into perspective, between 2010 and 2016, the Town of Los Gatos experienced relatively mild population growth of approximately 3.8%; however, during that same time frame, Santa Clara County experienced population growth of approximately 7.7% for a total County population of 1.9 million residents. In addition, the populations of surrounding Counties also had strong growth since 2010. The Counties of Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz increased 9.0%, 6.5%, and 5.6%, respectively. Total population for these three surrounding Counties is approaching 3.0 million residents. Even though traffic is a larger regional issue, the Town of Los Gatos has experimented with short term adjustments over the past several years. We have also learned that our legal options to affect traffic patterns are limited. In addition, we’ve observed that putting controls in one location in Town always shifts the traffic to another location in our community. Often this can create other negative impacts for businesses or previously unaffected residential streets and safety issues. Provided below is a brief summary of some of the legal traffic mitigation efforts attempted by the Town to date and some of the options which are not legal. Town Traffic Efforts
Illegal Traffic Options
While we know that the Town cannot eliminate the traffic, please be assured that the Town continues to try different options within our legal ability. We recognize the frustration as many of us have modified our routines and ways of traveling in and around Town in consideration of traffic. I hope this helps illustrate the complex nature of the issue we’re facing and the proactive attempts the Council and staff have undertaken within the legal framework of California. We encourage our residents to continue to share ideas which may help alleviate traffic by emailing them to BTraffic@losgatosca.gov
For additional information regarding beach traffic please see: https://www.losgatosca.gov/2488/Beach-Traffic