Bus ridership is down across the Bay Area, and officials say fed up riders are jumping back into their cars because too much traffic is making too many buses late.
From July to March, every local transit agency had a significant drop in bus ridership compared to the same period a year ago. Down 10.7 percent at the Valley Transportation Authority, 9.3 percent at the Golden Gate Bridge-Marin agency, 9 percent at San Francisco MUNI, 7.8 percent at SamTrans and 2.1 percent at AC Transit.
It’s a worry nationwide as bus ridership fell 6.3 percent over the last year. Almost every major urban area across the U.S. with a population of 842,000 or larger lost transit riders.
The VTA says travel speeds have declined approximately 20 percent over the past 30 years. But the slowdown has been steeper in recent years, amounting to a decline of 1.5 percent annually since 2013.
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