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.