Will Casual Carpool Ever Come Back?

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A line of more than 50 people at Beale and Howard in San Francisco during a BART strike in July 2013. (Chase Thomas/KQED)

Before the pandemic, there were a few ways to endure the traffic into downtown San Francisco. One very Bay Area method was the casual carpool, a completely organic system of riding with strangers to get across the bridge faster and for cheap. But after March 2020, those long lines at casual carpool stops vanished — and they haven’t come back. 

Guest: Nico Savidge, senior City Hall reporter for Berkeleyside