The Metropolitan Traffic Commission is out with its annual top 10 congested corridor list.
And topping the list once again is the evening Bay Bridge commute out of San Francisco with Interstate 80 in the opposite direction coming in second.
But the South Bay has some nightmare commutes too.
As one board member said, the good news is that traffic isn’t getting any worse, but the bad news is that it isn’t getting any better either.
The third and fourth-worst commutes are in the South Bay.
Coming in at No. 3 on the list of the Bay Area’s worst commutes is the afternoon slog on southbound U.S. 101 From Sunnyvale to San Jose. The MTC says commuters in the Silicon Valley and across the Bay Area are spending an average 3.6 minutes per day at speeds lower than 35 miles per hour.
No. 4 on the list is the afternoon commute on northbound Interstate 680 from Scott Creek Road in Fremont to Andrade Road in Sunol.
Across the region, the time people spend sitting in traffic has increased 65 percent since 2000 and 80 percent since the 2010 recession. Rush hour everywhere all the time is a huge drag on the economy, says Silicon Valley Leadership Group C.E.O. Carl Guardino.
Chief among reasons for all the congestion is the imbalanced growth of jobs and housing–with most of the jobs clustered in the city centers while most of the housing has been built on the fringes.
The result, says the MTC’s John Goodwin, is that more people are traveling farther.
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