Bay Area Reduces Drivers but Improved Transit is a Must
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The Bay Area topped the list of a recent US Census report on major metropolitan areas with the largest declines in automobile commuting. The report covers the time period between 2006 and 2013 and shows a reduction of 3.8% for the area. Efforts to attract commuters to other forms of transportation appear to be working, but the city needs to do more, according to MTA Supervisor Scott Weiner. The area is projected to add over 2 million net new residents over the next 25 years, and there's a lot more that needs to be done to achieve transportation sustainability, Weiner noted. A mandate implemented last September should only help the trend away from driving to continue. Large employers in the Bay Area now provide incentives for workers to tackle their morning commutes without driving. [SB]