Traffic troubles caused by rideshares has NorCal city working on solutions



months before they chase Center will be open as the new home of the Golden State Warriors in weeks before the Salesforce Transit Center is tentatively scheduled to reopen this is what traffic is already like and one of the busiest areas of the city with plenty of uber and lyft cars streaming by what will happen when commuters return to the Transit Center and sellout crowds descend on Chase while only one mile away Giants fans Rocco Oakland Paul Rhoads is with the San Francisco municipal transportation agency we do know that a lot of people are going to be traveling around the areas of the Chandler center and Chase Center and around the Transit Center we know in the downtown area we know there's a lot of congestion knowing is one thing finding a solution takes time we should have a plan developed by the end of this year early next year that would mean no plan will be in place before the transit centers anticipated reopening in June in cities worldwide ride hailing services have gotten ahead of cities Susan Shaheen is with the Institute of Transportation studies at UC Berkeley in responding to it cities are getting better and better at responding to it but in terms of planning for it I don't think they were planning for it to get a taste of what to expect I called a lyft and got in at about 650 and then headed towards the chase center we've allowed ourselves 40 minutes to go two and a half miles for what theoretically would be a 730 warrior game it took 10 minutes to go the first eight tenths of a mile it didn't get much quicker after that by the time we hit the lefty o'doole bridge the chase center is nearing our sights it's now 15 minutes before the game now remember we're just in normal commute time traffic there's no Giants game or any other major event in the area the driver picks up speed we finally arrive 10 minutes before tip-off well the ride was comfortable and the driver certainly knew what he was doing he drove safely but that two and a half miles was it quick it took 31 minutes a new metro stop is being built in front of the Chase Center Muni plans to have multiple rail cars on the platform waiting for fans to leave the arena the city is also working with the Warriors to develop a transit plan the warriors tell us it agrees with the city that limited curb space should be used as efficiently as possible one city report calls for an offsite parking lot for ride-sharing services to stage the no plan is finalized at this time the plan for the Transit Center is part of a citywide plan to better manage curbside space while there we saw one ride hailing driver use a crosswalk to pick up passengers we can't build more curb space but we can use it better and we can use it in a more safe manner so that things like TNCs can operate safely on the streets TNC is another name for ride healing service at Levi's Stadium the 49ers restrict pickups and drop-offs to parking lot 7 a mile away the team believes the rideshare program works best when they are located on the outskirts of the stadium to minimize the impact on traffic Shahin of UC Berkeley points to Paris has a model in that city she says you can only pick up an uber or lyft in a designated spot so if people are able to walk to a pickup location that could aid in terms of efficiency with respect to pickup and drop off that would lighten traffic but it would also mean less convenience for passengers at San Francisco International Airport ground transportation vehicles make up more than four out of ten cars out of that 80% are uber and lyft vehicles for the first time uber acts and lifts customers can get picked up from the airport on the roof of the domestic garage in a few months the airport says traffic around the terminals has been reduced by more than 20 percent our goal really is to be able to divert about a third of all pickup activity into the garage Architects are also trying to do their part the 750,000 square foot 650 million dollar project in Burlingame which Facebook will lease includes specific drop-off locations in the center for ride-hailing services another project by Gimmes ler in los angeles has room for ride-hailing services to pull into the building on the ground floor the same area can be repurposed into office space should the needs of the tenants change or the use of cars decrease as some are predicting this same concept is likely to be adapted for buildings in the Bay Area as well so we have larger lobbies larger spaces in front of the building in places where cars can pull over and get out of traffic so that they can pick up and drop off passengers safely redirecting traffic is also something the city is trying right healing services are currently prohibited from picking up and dropping off passengers in areas designated for taxis only including certain areas of Market Street ultimately the answer may be to get people out of their private cars the best way to alleviate congestion in San Francisco is to put more people on transit and the only way to do that is to make transit more attractive for people who need it we'll stay on top of this and let you know when the city releases its new traffic plan for uber and lyft

2 Comments

  • Warped

    April 13, 2019

    Fix public transportation

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  • Will Sawtell

    April 13, 2019

    The traffic problems are created by government, private sector always has capitalized on changes, it's the driving force behind capitalism & why socialism has never worked. The government is trying to convince people of lies, wake up sheeple..

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