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December 13, 2016

Alameda rush

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Even though the Planning Board has already given their comments on the TDM plan, I just wanted to point out these survey results which kind of describe the problem in Alameda in general regarding the “traffic problems” we have here.

First the ranking of the most important issues around the topic of transportation and transit:


The major issue is the congestion around commute rush hours near the bridges/tubes.  Everything else folks were largely neutral about or deemed “not an issue” including (1) reliable transit service, (2) bicycle safety, (3) pedestrian safety.

Of course this next slide is indicative of why all of those example are “not an issue” to neutral for the vast majority of the survey takers:


Single occupant vehicles.

Congestion pricing is being used along the 1-580 corridor with the new express lanes, so it’s not as though we don’t have a local model for congestion pricing.  While a commenter mentioned that any elected official that voted for congestion pricing would be single-handedly ruining his/her political career.  I think the best response is that we should be putting elected official into these policy making position who are prepared to make tough decisions to attack the root of the problem that most people are complaining about by addressing its cause.   We can talk about increase transit service and better bike lanes, but as long as it continues to be easy and cheap to drive, people will always make the choice to commute at exactly the time they want to and expect to breeze through Alameda as though it’s three o-clock in the morning.


  1. This post sponsored by JKW’s 2018 campaign.

    Comment by dave — December 13, 2016 @ 6:08 am

    • Or how about Eugene Thompson, PE ?

      Comment by CD — December 13, 2016 @ 1:20 pm

  2. What about “congestion housing” by taxing those who live in large families? Or “congestion schooling” by penalizing those with too many kids or attend Alameda schools but live in neighboring communities? We could limit cars only to people with actual jobs- that would block 50% of all driving! Let’s drop the congestion idea. The disincentive is built into the commute, the price of gas, taxes, and home prices, as we slowly transition to uber, electric cars, and self-driving cars as the nature of work evolves.

    Comment by Captain Obvious — December 13, 2016 @ 6:37 am

    • We have congestion pricing for housing. It’s called higher rent and home prices. The congestion price for driving off island is currently paid in time wasted and it is paid equally by a single driver or a bus with 30 people.

      Comment by BMac — December 13, 2016 @ 8:19 am

  3. post #1. good sign me up.

    Comment by John P. — December 13, 2016 @ 8:09 am

    • The yard signs will say “If we build it, only one car will come.”

      Comment by dave — December 13, 2016 @ 8:25 am

      • and ten bikes, I hope.

        Comment by John P. — December 13, 2016 @ 11:16 am

  4. I think we should just turn off the ventilation systems in the tunnels during rush hour. Issue free oxygen tanks to bicyclists, bus riders and carpoolers. Might solve the problem, one way or another.

    Comment by Jack Mingo — December 13, 2016 @ 8:17 am

  5. If this is the BayportB week for the “look how Alameda’s fucked-up/traffic/commute/bike stuff is in comparison to some magnificent socialist run city that has solved all its traffic problems by fiat”, lets just grab onto one of those cities and get it over with.

    Comment by jack — December 13, 2016 @ 10:18 am

  6. Can I just take a sergeant to laugh out loud?
    What was that stupidity you guys were saying from time to time?” Capitalize your equity “LMFAO!!!

    I know totally off subject, but it made me laugh.
    It was the guy who keeps writing books and insisting libraries carry them. I wouldn’t even call them books large pamphlets.

    Comment by Merry Blaster — December 13, 2016 @ 1:23 pm

  7. I often travel back and forth to Oakland thru the tube TWICE [or more] in one day—especially now that Alameda Kaiser members have to go all the way to Oakland to get a B-12 shot. [you would think they could handle that at Alameda Kaiser, but no-o-o…Kaiser is not doing its part to relieve tube traffic at all]
    I usually am able to breeze thru the tube at better than the speed limit. Although… yesterday traffic was backed up onto Webster because one LOL had stopped her Buick sedan 2/3 way to Oakland. Don’t know why. There was no visible accident; no other car involved; her car appeared undamaged.
    Difficult to legislate those events.

    Comment by vigi — December 13, 2016 @ 1:37 pm

    • You made me laugh out loud

      Comment by Merry Blaster — December 13, 2016 @ 2:43 pm

    • Vigi,
      Why can’t you stay home and give yourself the B-12 injection? You could be helping to ease tube traffic congestion.

      Comment by Douglas Clifton — December 13, 2016 @ 4:42 pm

      • Sorry-It wasn’t me who needed the B-12. I was at the Oakland Injection Clinic waiting for my TDaP [there’s a bit of an epidemic of whooping cough at Encinal High right now], and someone came in complaining that he was sent from Alameda Kaiser to Oakland just for the B-12 shot.

        It is rather strange that Alameda Kaiser doesn’t give common vaccinations.

        Comment by vigi — December 13, 2016 @ 7:04 pm

        • I agree, it is strange that Kaise has no injection clinic on the island.

          Comment by Douglas Clifton — December 13, 2016 @ 7:56 pm

  8. Why is it any time I look at any blog the same people are complaining about their lives. The same people are complaining about rent, the same people are complaining about traffic, move somewhere you actually are happy jack asses . Your New Year’s resolution should be no more online, yes to real life. Yes to working harder. Setting goals yes. Your analytical thoughts mean nothing. Even if you printed enforce the library to carry it LOL LOL LOL 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

    Comment by Merry Blaster — December 13, 2016 @ 2:46 pm

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