It's hard to know what to believe in the war of words over the Bay Area's traffic woes. A 2015 study put San Francisco third in the country for congestion, behind only LA and DC. But while the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has argued that part of the city's traffic trouble stems from the "estimated number of 45,000 Uber and Lyft drivers," those companies cite a study that claims that ride-hail carpooling will reduce congestion by a whopping 75 percent. And in a report that aired Thursday evening, KRON 4 posits that a lot of the jams we see on roads leading into San Francisco could be the fault of Uber and Lyft drivers who travel from far away to work those lucrative SF fares.
According to a driver who commutes into SF from American Canyon (a town about 40 miles northwest of the city) because the work "is more consistent that anywhere in the Bay Area," some travel hundreds of miles to drive in San Francisco. In fact, says KRON, "thousands of drivers," head into the city every day to shuttle us around, possibly jamming the freeways and bridges on their way. (After all, it's not like drivers can take BART to work!)
According to KRON, transportation regulators in places like Bejing and Shanghai are mulling new rules requiring ride hail drivers to live where they work, driving vehicles registered in those cities. "Could something like that happen here?" asks KRON. Should it?