Traffic Is A Problem In San Francisco’s Mission Bay And The Warriors Haven’t Even Arrived Yet
Existing gridlock in San Francisco’s Mission Bay is creating problems for employers in the waterfront neighborhood. Traffic is expected to get worse with major employers such as Uber and Dropbox moving in, the University of San Francisco expanding and the addition of the Golden State Warrior’s $1B Chase Center, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
Mission Bay has long been plagued by traffic jams with few ways to get in and out of the area. At companies like Bayer’s West Coast Innovation Center and UC’s QB3 life science incubator, employees are keenly aware of the Giants’ scheduled day games at AT&T Park and adjust their commutes to avoid the crunch. QB3 life science incubator director Regis Kelly told the San Francisco Business Times he expects more employees to work from home in the future.
The Warriors, which are expected to play in Chase Center by the 2019-20 season, created a 140-page Transportation Management Plan and are expected to hire a director of traffic and transportation. The plan calls for a 500-bike parking facility, event-only shuttle services and replacing the existing light-rail stops at UCSF Mission Bay with an elevated central platform.
The Mission Bay Transportation Management Authority plans to increase its shuttle services to BART and Caltrain stations to seven days a week.
Additional infrastructure improvements are in the works, but they are years away from completion. The Central Subway project has been delayed by two years and may not be done until 2021 and an additional ferry terminal is years away from becoming a reality.