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The statistics confirm what I observed anecdotally: people hit the road during the hours of travel.
Last week, while driving on Sunol Boulevard at Interstate 680 around 7:30 a.m., the counting lights were actually being used on the southbound ramp and several cars were waiting. Oncoming traffic on Sunol was also moderately heavy.
Most Silicon Valley employers still allow remote working, so the times we went south in the morning were easy. It’s not like that in the afternoon, it’s just a matter of where the Sunol Grade backup starts.
The situation is similar and started earlier on I-580 during the afternoon drive which mixes container traffic from the Port of Oakland, motorists and semi-trailer platforms returning to centers. San Joaquin County Distribution Center after serving Bay Area retailers. And Bay Bridge’s morning save came back most days of the week.
It was also striking on the weekends how heavy the traffic on I-680 northbound in the afternoon is.
The San Francisco Business Times reported in its Tuesday newsletter that a Bay Area Council survey of large corporations showed that most employees expected employees to work in the office three days a week (Tuesday-Thursday ) from their return in 2022. This will save over a million daily trips, good news for traffic jams.
Traffic on state-owned bridges (each except the Golden Gate) is nearing pre-pandemic levels (86%). And the Bay Bridge is already exceeding its 2019 traffic level. This has to do with people choosing to drive to work instead of taking public transport. BART ridership represents only 26% of its pre-pandemic number. It will be interesting, given how the media continues to be fed by Bay Area health workers, to see when Covid 19 ceases to be considered a pandemic becomes endemic like the common cold.
A Bay Area Council staff member said that unless that pattern changes and people start using public transportation again, we will see the worst traffic jams in our lives.
Tuesday update blog: Looking at Safeway’s weekly ad, I see that as part of the grand reopening of the Bernal Avenue store, three-tip roasts with a digital coupon are available for $ 3.99 a pound, which is a considerable savings compared to what Raley’s recently offered.
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