Traffic is coming back, can public transit be far behind?

By Mark Prado
Traffic was heavy on Highway 37 Tuesday afternoon.
Mark Prado

There have been several reports in recent days that traffic is on the upswing in the Bay Area.

A drive through Marin County on Tuesday afternoon bore that out: Highway 37 was busy, cars were stacked up waiting to go east on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and traffic consumed northbound Highway 101 lanes in the central part of the county.

It would be logical that as more people are vaccinated against the coronavirus, more vehicles will be back on the roads. As traffic increases, public transit will become an attractive option.

There are already reports of increased ridership on public transit.

Transit agencies have taken steps to keep riders safe. An accounting of steps taken is noted here. The issue will be watched closely in the coming months.


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