Sunday, August 21, 2011

Think 101 traffic is bad now? Wait until the Parkmerced project kicks in

The SF Examiner had a story the other day that should worry the "smart growth" advocates in the city's Planning Dept., though like all religions that belief system will probably survive this and all other contacts with reality. Turns out that traffic on Highway 101 has become much worse in just the last two years:

It takes a whopping 40 minutes to drive south on U.S. Highway 101 through San Mateo County during the evening weekday rush hour, up from 29 minutes in 2009, according to a report commissioned by the San Mateo City/County Association of Governments. The morning commute also went up six minutes to a 34-minute average. Yet officials are perplexed as to why. “We’re scratching our heads with that,” said John Hoang of the [San Mateo County] association’s Congestion Management Department.

Wait until the Parkmerced project adds 5,679 housing units to that part of the city, which will bring the total units on that site to 8,900. Maybe the resulting gridlock will cause all those people driving and riding in cars, trucks, and buses to see the light and start riding bikes on Highway 101, thus vindicating City Hall's clueless development and traffic policies.

In any event, those in City Hall responsible for these heedless policies will be long retired on their lavish city pensions by the time Parkmerced and other developments on 19th Avenue are completed.

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At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hard to say who is dumber.

1) Hoang - traffic is up from 2009 because 2009 was the peak of the recession. 2011 has seen a huge boom in tech hiring in the Valley. Caltrain has seen a ridership increase in the same timeframe and they are not perplexed - they know exactly why ridership is up.

2) Anderson - any ParkMerced resident going south would use 280, not 101. Geography, also not your strong suit.

At 5:16 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

And we know who's chickenshit with the anonymous insults.

If everyone going south on 101 is using 280, where are all those southbound and northbound motorists going to and from that we see on that part of 19th Avenue? The city's 19th Avenue study told City Hall that Parkmerced and other projects in the area are going to jam up traffic in the area, but all good SF progs buy the dumb transit corridors bullshit, that we can allow an unlimited amount of new housing anywhere near our major streets.

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


"where are all those southbound and northbound motorists going to and from that we see on that part of 19th Avenue?"

What part of "any Parkmerced resident going south would use 280" did you not understand? 19th Avenue dumps directly onto 280 and goes South onto the Peninsula.

101 enters the City by Candlestick Park. For the geographically challenged, that is over 5 miles East of ParkMerced.

280 is not a congested freeway.

Flunking geography AND reading comprehension.

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

So you're saying that there's going to be no problem with southbound traffic from in and around Parkmerced/280 with that and the other developments in the area?

At 10:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not what this post refers to.

"Think 101 traffic is bad now? Wait until the Parkmerced project kicks in"

I said exactly this - 101 traffic will not be impacted by ParkMerced, in direct rebuttal to your post.

At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob has a point to make, facts be damned!

Saying 101 traffic will get worse is a way to scare people. Saying 280 traffic will get worse will make people laugh in his face.


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