Bay Area traffic getting worse before sunrise

by Vince Cestone : KRON – (video)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — More and more Bay Area commuters are hitting the road long before sunrise.

The early birds are looking for something far more precious than worms. The traffic nightmare is already developing, while most of the Bay Area is sleeping.

“The number of people on the move between 4 and 5 o’clock is up and up strongly,” Metropolitan Transit Commission spokesman John Goodwin said…

There are far fewer surface parking lots in San Francisco,” Goodwin said. “These folks may be racing to get to work, so they can find a place to park.”

And it’s not just the transbay bridges that are getting crowded. The MTC reports that the Benicia, Antioch and Carquinez bridges are also seeing more traffic before 5 a.m… (more)

Thanks to the Bay Area Transit Authorities, MTC and ABAG, now locked in a fierce power battle and blaming game, SF that has created the mess. How is it done? Their first job (in this minds) is to get you out of your cars. How is that working? Maybe their methods are flawed. In SF fhey support more housing next to already full BART stops, standing room only during peak hours) and cut back or refuse to increase parking capacity near outlying BART stops.

One other important factor in the increase in numbers of commuters is  that SF employees have been forced to move out of the city and now must  commute in to work, while the new arrivals do not work in the city and  are commuting out to work. This is exactly what the planners claimed
they would fix by building high-density stack and pack housing next to  public transit. That is why we need a new plan as the folks in the Mission District are requesting with Prop I

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2 thoughts on “Bay Area traffic getting worse before sunrise

  1. Reader’s comment:

    MTA openly brags about how many parking spaces are eliminated by their agency every month. Now they want to eliminate “drop off” spaces by outlying BART stations.

    I just filled out a survey from Harris, Danielle J (danielle.harris@sfmta.com) asking what I will do when the “kiss and ride” (BART drop off) is removed from Balboa BART station to make room for housing.

    Question #7 “If BART were to eliminate the entire passenger drop-off / pick-up zone, what would you do?”
    1) drive to another BART station
    2) continue driving to Balboa Park
    3) switch to walking, biking or taking MUNI.

    I WILL DRIVE TO WORK was not an option. This question did not have an option of “other” (write in a response) but 3 other questions on this survey did have an “other” (write in a response) option.

    MTA openly brags about how many parking spaces are eliminated by their agency every month. Now they want to eliminate “drop off” spaces by outlying BART stations.

    I just filled out a survey from Harris, Danielle J (danielle.harris@sfmta.com) asking what I will do when the “kiss and ride” (BART drop off) is removed from Balboa BART station to make room for housing.

    Question #7 “If BART were to eliminate the entire passenger drop-off / pick-up zone, what would you do?”
    1) drive to another BART station
    2) continue driving to Balboa Park
    3) switch to walking, biking or taking MUNI.

    I WILL DRIVE TO WORK was not an option. This question did not have an option of “other” (write in a response) but 3 other questions on this survey did have an “other” (write in a response) option.

    I emailed Ms. Harris that her survey was obviously trying to manipulate the results by limiting answers to only those acceptable to SF MTA. Contact Ms. Harris: Danielle.Harris@sfmta.com

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