Bravo for SF Examiner Editors Column for Congestion Pricing!
|May 28, 2013||Posted by jamie under Activism, Transportation & Ped Safety||
While the Rincon neighborhood will grow by some 14,000 additional residents to about 20,000 in total by 2020, there is one huge problem that MUST be addressed. The problem is that our residential neighborhood sits between a few hundred thousand office workers’ jobs and the Bay Bridge along with other highway ramps. Weekday evening traffic congestion (all of those office workers all leaving at the same time) is a public health problem that has to be addressed .. The additional carbon and particulate matter is shortening our lives and causing asthma in our kids!
There is also the problem it poses for MUNI’s ability to run buses efficiently when the same intersections are blocked by eager beaver drivers crossing over from North of Market to South Market streets like 1st, New Montgomery, 4th, 5th, 6th, and so on (not to mention drivers going northbound to Kearny, Front, and McCallister).
Don’t forget pedestrians who are in much greater danger when drivers get flustered from a 45 minute delay to travel 1/2 a mile from Battery/Market to 1st/Harrison onto the Bay Bridge – happens every Thursday evening! I see it – driver gets flustered, shoves down the gas pedal to either run a red light or make an illegal turn, and recklessly drives through intersections where pedestrians may have the right away to be crossing. 2 to 3 pedestrians are injured or killed every day on average in San Francisco – and let’s face it, the SFPD is not lifting a finger unless told to do so and being watched.
The San Francisco Examiner had a good article on the SFCTA’s report that SoMa would experience complete gridlock if nothing is done to curb individual car traffic in the next 20-30 years (that’s without an arena on Piers 30-32 or any other unapproved big projects, like Central Corridor upzoning along 4th). Today, the Editors at the Examiner make me a very happy Rincon neighborhood advocate by stating “The question facing city leaders is not whether to implement congestion pricing, but how to successfully implement a system that will encourage drivers to use public transit and other modes of transportation without entirely cutting off the roads to those drivers who genuinely need them.”
Next step? I think we all need to start putting the pressure on elected officials to do the obvious … Start planning to pilot congestion pricing ASAP.