Bay Area drivers spent 22 percent more time on congested freeways in 2015 than they did the previous year and 70 percent more than in 2010. The Bay Bridge corridor is the worst offender.
That means vehicles traveling northbound from Highway 101 -- at the Interstate 280 interchange -- to the Yerba Buena Island Tunnel spent a total collectively of 13,000 hours a day traveling at speeds less than 35 mph, according to a report released by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission Monday.
That 6-mile stretch is now the most horrendous commute in the Bay Area, moving up from fourth place in 2014.
It had the dubious honor of displacing the westbound Interstate 80 drive from Highway 4 in Hercules to Highway 101 in San Francisco, which is now the second-worst commute in the region. But the MTC notes that the congestion on the westbound I-80 drive is unprecedented: It typically lasts from 5:35 in the morning to 7:50 at night -- the first time routine congestion on any Bay Area freeway segment has not been relieved by a break in the middle of the day.
According to MTC spokesman Randy Rentschler, since the number of lanes on the Bay Bridge is already set, there's not much the commission can do to alleviate the traffic crunch.