A report just released by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) reveals what we already knew: Traffic in the Bay Area is bad, and it’s only getting worse. Yes, it’s not just you thinking it, while stuck in your car—according to analysis of 2015 data, the MTC was able to discern that we’ve hit record congestion delays and that traffic jams have increased by 70 percent since 2010. Ouch.
They’ve also figured out the top freeways for traffic jams, as well as times they occur, with what counts as a “congested delay” defined by the MTC as time spent in traffic moving at speeds of 35 miles per hour or less. In first place (drum roll, please) is the afternoon drive on northbound U.S. 101 and eastbound Interstate 80 in San Francisco, which has climbed from number 4 back in 2014. Here are the other top nine worst congested freeways in the Bay Area, and when they tend to crawl along the slowest:
One crucial reason Bay Area traffic has gotten worse over the years is highlighted in the report by Santa Clara County Supervisor and MTC Chair Dave Cortese. He says, “The congestion data really underscore both the robust job growth we’ve seen in the South Bay and San Francisco, and the persistent imbalance between where those jobs are located and where comparatively affordable housing can be found. Routes leading into or out of Silicon Valley and San Francisco dominate the Top 10, and they account for almost half of all congestion in the region.”
It’s a multi-layered problem, of course, that can only be resolved by, as San Jose Mayor and MTC Commissioner Sam Liccardo says in the report, “expanding mass transit, improving our roads and highways, and more.” Until then, looks like most of us will be sitting in traffic for a long while yet.
[Featured Image: Michael Ocampo via Flickr]