Just A Fair Warning: Bay Area Traffic Is About To Be WORSE Post-Shutdown
By kmvq on May 7, 2020
As thing are starting calm down (a little) residents are starting to think about eventually getting back to work. But with social distancing, many may choose to avoid crowded BART trains, Muni buses and even carpools and instead opt to get to work in their own vehicles. A new study reveals how this may affect Bay Area traffic in a very bad way.
Vanderbilt University conducted a research that projects a dramatic rise in traffic in the Bay Area caused by a rush to single-occupancy vehicles after the shutdown. It could potentially increase the morning commute alone by up to 42 minutes with San Francisco getting hit the hardest – a whopping 556,000–2,736,000 added traffic hours per day spent commuting, or 20–80 minutes per person round trip.
The model of this study also predicts a range of scenarios and ideas that if “just 1 in 4 transit & carpool commuters driving alone, San Francisco could see a one-way travel time increase of 10 minutes per person. If three in four riders changed their commutes to cars, commute times would increase by 42 minutes.”
Let’s hope work places will give employers a mandatory “work-from-home” requirement so we can tackle this issue that could potentially be on the rise.