Last night, Facebook disclosed that their car commute tripsÂ had spikedÂ in recent months, adding about 400 more cars to San Francisco streets, due to new San Francisco rules changing shuttle stops.
Reviewing the the next expansion of their Menlo Park campus, Facebook shared results of their successful transportation program, which had about 50% of employees refraining from driving alone – until SFMTA changed shuttle stops as a result of resident protests. The drivealone rate, which had been about 50%, increased to 54% of Facebook’s 10,000 workers.
Napkin math suggests about 400 additional Facebook drivers on San Francisco streets and highway 101 following the shuttle changes. Facebook’s driving rateÂ is still much lower than the 80%+ drivealone rate at typical suburban office parks. Â But the extra cars are surely not what San Francisco’s policymakers and activists were hoping for.
If other employers such as Google, Apple, and Genentech are experiencing similar shuttle dropoff, San Francisco may be seeing over 2500 additional cars per day on city streets due to the changes in the shuttle program.Â SFMTA’s plans call to study further consolidating shuttle stops into a hub model, which could further depress shuttle ridership.
This is the problem with rule by torch and pitchfork, rather than by logic, analysis, and data. Because if you ban the buses, those people will just stay home, right?
Meanwhile they build a shiny new campus away from any and all transit links. Because planning.
What part of the revised shuttle plans could account for the supposed drop in shuttle ridership? Restricting >35′ shuttles to the Caltrans arterial network is hardly restrictive â€“ that network is really dense in the relevant neighborhoods, and only a few percent of shuttle stops are off it.
The vast majority of FB’s employees do not live in San Francisco. An annual increase of a few percent driving alone is not likely to represent a statistically significant deviation from trend. What is the actual drop in SF shuttle ridership?
When you say “San Francisco” do you mean “San Francisco” or “Bay Area”
I’m not clear how they know why the drivalone rate increased. These data show only that it did apparently increase.
about 30% live in San Francisco, according to the answer to a question asked by a commissioner
I’d love to see Steve G try floating the idea of a tech campus in the Mission again.
[…] As Facebook prepares to expand its West Campus in San Mateo County, it is presenting environmental reports to groups such as the Menlo Park Transportation Commission. Commissioner Adina Levin brought this to Streetsblog’s attention from the report: apparently more Facebook employees started driving in the past couple of months to the social media giant’s headquarters in Menlo Park. From a post by Levin in the Friends of Caltrain Blog entitled “San Francisco shuttle changes increase car traffic:“ […]
Hopefully, this new congestion will get some of these companies to relocate to Texas. San Francisco has too many Techies and Homeless.