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Bay Bridge Commute a Shadow of Its Former Self

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 11:35am
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)  -- It's not your imagination, and it's not spring break, either. The back up at Bay Area bridge toll plazas really is getting smaller and smaller.

"Year to year it's down almost two percent, so that's a big difference. I think more importantly is that carpooling is up," said Randy Rentschler with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Carpooling is up more than five percent at the Bay Bridge, and three percent when you look at all Bay Area bridges. And that's not the only change.

"Transit's way up, and a good barometer is BART. The agency's average weekday ridership is up almost five percent from a year ago," said Rentschler.

Some say cruising through the metering lights just might be the positive side of soaring gas prices.