Carpooling Incentive Program Launches For South San Francisco Residents

patch – excerpt

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Cars driving into the city on one of the many southern access freeways photo by zrants

The “Carpool In San Mateo County!” program offers drivers and riders a $2 incentive per person during peak commute times.

 

SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA — The City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) is launching a pilot program to encourage San Mateo County residents or commuters who work in San Mateo County to utilize private sector carpools during peak travel periods.

The Carpool In San Mateo County! program will leverage mobile carpooling applications (apps) to increase local carpool ridership, therefore reducing single occupancy vehicles, traffic congestion, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the need for parking within San Mateo County. Commuters are able to save time, money, and the environment through the Carpool In San Mateo County! program.

Carpool In San Mateo County! offers drivers and riders a $2 incentive per person for each trip that begins or ends in San Mateo County during the peak commute periods (5:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.). The program offers a maximum of $4 per rider and driver each day… (more)

Peak-hour tolls have little effect on Bay Bridge congestion

Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross : sfgate – excerpt

Four years after its implementation, the $6 toll to curb rush-hour traffic on the Bay Bridge appears to be having little, if any, effect on easing the peak-hour backup on the morning commute.

In fact, if a recent weeklong snapshot of the morning rush hour taken by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is any indication, the number of peak-hour commuters has grown to 9,000 cars per hour, which is just about the limit of what the bridge can handle.

Between April 28 and May 2, 117,059 cars and trucks passed through the Bay Bridge toll gates during the morning peak hours – an 8,949 increase over the average weekly commute before “congestive pricing” was implemented in 2010.

Under the new pricing strategy, commuters are charged $2 more between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The off-hour price has stayed at $4 – a $2 savings.

The idea was to encourage drivers to cross at nonpeak hours.

The snapshot, however, shows that the increased traffic, brought on by the better economy, has remained at its old pattern – hitting 8,500 cars per hour by 6 a.m. and peaking between 6 and 8 a.m. at about 9,000 cars per hour.

Just as it did before congestive pricing.

Whatever the case, the rush-hour backups aren’t likely to go away anytime soon.

Nor is the congestive pricing – which was intended to provide relief.

“We still want to incentivize people to use the bridge on the off peak,” said MTC spokesman Randy Rentschler.

Only, in this case, the real incentive might be to just beat the inevitable backup… (more)

Masonic traffic today

Get ready for gridlock without even taking away a traffic lane  and fasten your seat belts.  Oct 10 or 13 is about when it’s scheduled to open IMG_3044

First was photo taken at 3 PM – trafic was backed up from Golden Gate to just past McAllister heading north bound which is not rush hour traffic direction – with the added Target traffic this will be backed up down to Fulton if not even further. IMG_3045

The second two were taken at Turk and you can see a cyclist is not on the far right side but in the left traffic lane.

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In the next one you can see the cyclist staying on and continuing in that lane. How will raised bike lanes protect cyclists if they don’t stay in the lanes?