Last week's SF Chronicle headline read, ' Bay Area's traffic lull continues". Really? The article cited a study from the Texas Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Report which found that San Francisco has moved from an unenviable sixth place for time commuters spend sitting in traffic to seventh place, nationwide. The article went on to say that several years ago, Bay Area commuters experienced 74 hours per year in delayed traffic, while now it's down to 50 hours per year. The Chronicle cited highway improvements and the poor economy as culprits. I don't know about you, but it certainly hasn't been my experience during the past week as I've spent commute hours driving north on Highway 280 to San Francisco, from the Carmel coast to Menlo Park, and across the Bay Bridge to Concord, all at prime times. I may have accrued close to 74 hours of delay in these trips! That's an exaggeration but traffic, commuters and cars seemed ubiquitous. That had me wondering about the groundswell of activity that precedes an economic upswing. Could our packed freeways mean the economy is improving, putting many employees and cars on the road?  That's good news for the office real estate market, where virtual offices are still a virtual thing and the tech companies swallow physical office space.  
 


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Annie Hopper
09/30/2011 08:57

Agreed! Traffic is out of controleven with all the public transportation efforts (CalTrain kept its service for example). Silicon Valley and Highway 85 are a mess in the morning. No recession here.

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