San Francisco: "Among nation's worst streets for drivers"
|Photo from the SF Examiner|
From the Silicon Valley Business Journal:
San Francisco and San Jose ranked second and third, respectively, among the nation's worst roads for driving, according to a new report.
The report, titled "Bumpy Roads Ahead: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make our Roads Smoother," was released Thursday by TRIP, a transportation group based in Washington, D.C. The report examined urban pavement conditions, transportation funding and economic development...
According to TRIP, bad roads cost drivers $377 a year because they contribute to vehicle deterioration through maintenance, repair, fuel consumption and tire wear.
The report looked at 20 large cities (populations of at least 500,000) with the highest percentage of pavements in poor conditions and the highest vehicle operating cost...
San Francisco (60 percent) and San Jose (56 percent) ranked second and third, respectively, in poor road condition. In VOC, San Francisco ranked third at $782, while San Jose was sixth, costing $737 per vehicle...
Rob's comment: Hence, City Hall's long campaign to make it as difficult and expensive as possible to drive in San Francisco has been successful, though the city's anti-car movement must be disappointed that San Jose's streets are even worse than ours.
It's not as if the city doesn't already raise plenty of money to pave our streets---more than $170 million from parking and parking tickets and more than $80 million from Prop. K sales tax---but it squanders that money on the Central Subway project and to support a bloated MTA bureaucracy of more than 5,000 employees.