Alleviating Heavy Congestion

Los Angeles and San Francisco-Oakland are among the worst places in the country for traffic congestion, according to the latest Urban Mobility Report from Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute. Only auto commuters in Washington, D.C. spend more time sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic (67 hours per year).

Annoying and inconvenient? Of course. But congestion is also costly. According to the Institute, fuel wasted in congested traffic reached a total of 2.9 billion gallons–enough to fill the New Orleans Superdome four times. Then there are the CO2 emissions (380 pounds per auto commuter) and the huge number of lost hours that could have been spent more productively at work or at home.

Congestion can be alleviated by a mix of approaches, including public transit, traffic management, flex time/telecommuting, bicycle and pedestrian routes, and locating jobs, services and housing near public transportation. To date, BRIDGE has completed more than 2,500 transit-oriented homes, with at least 2,000 more to come in mixed-use developments such as MacArthur Station, COMM22 and Celadon at 9th & Broadway.

In our experience, transit-proximate development really works. Just ask the janitor who walks to the train station for his daily commute, the senior who catches the bus to visit her doctor, or the family that rides the bike path near their apartment—these are real BRIDGE residents who are contributing to the solution, and we are proud to have, in a manner of speaking, paved the way.

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