RonDawg wrote: GRA wrote:
RonDawg wrote:Going back to the original topic, I think what needs to be addressed is WHY so many people are turning to rideshare. While it's driven the price of taxi service down, it's still not cheap when compared to normal mass transit. Perhaps it's because BART and MUNI have become decrepit and overcrowded?
Door-to-door service, no parking fees, allows people to spend time on their phones or laptops just like mass transit, but with a guaranteed seat.
You only have to pay parking fees if you need to drive to a transit center. But parking fees at the BART stations are cheap compared to even a relatively short Uber ride. A quick Google search shows the most expensive BART station parking is by far at West Oakland ($9/day) and how far will that take you on Uber? And most other BART stations with parking are $3/day or less.
Thankfully, BART is (mostly) being encouraged to build TODs on their property rather than expanding their parking lots. See https://www.bart.gov/about/business/tod
This should also drive BART parking costs higher, if people insist on driving solo to them. As it is, many if not most urban BART stations now have shared electric scooters (and bikes/e-bikes) scattered around them, and while I'm less enthusiastic about scooters than I am about bikes (for public health reasons), they do handle the first/last mile problem well while reducing congestion and pollution, for people who don't want to provide their own power. We really need to get people using the scooters to wear helmets, though, as they've caused a major increase in the frequency of head (and other) injuries seen in ERs.
There's no question that the long-talked about southern crossing for BART is needed now - the transbay tube can't handle any more traffic. And of course, S.F. needs to build a lot more housing, so that people can afford to live and work there instead of having to commute in from the east bay. Mayor Breed is making the right noises about speeding up the permitting and building of affordable housing, but we'll have to see how much if any of it appears.