On Monday, the 16th of April, 2018, an incident was reported at around 9:50 a.m. of a car having driven off the freeway in Marin County. The incident happened on southbound Highway 101, not too far from Lucas Valley Road. California Highway Patrol logged the incident and the report stated that a green Ford Ranger had driven off the highway and drivers should expect delays en route. Another crash was reported on Highway 101 in Marin County on the 20thof June this year. Two vehicles crashed and blocked traffic on a Wednesday morning at around 8:50 a.m. Commuters experienced delays on southbound Highway101. Prior to these two accidents, an individual was killed in a hit and run case on the 26th of March at around 10 p.m. This accident happened on the southbound lane of Highway 101, close to the exit for Tiburon Boulevard.
Marin County and especially Highway 101 have been dealing with various kinds of traffic issues and these are serious accidents that should lead to some action. Marin County has been steadily becoming a nightmare for commuters. While the number of accidents is not yet alarming, the sheer time taken to commute to and from San Francisco has become painstaking and perhaps it is influencing speeding and other forms of reckless driving, thereby causing some of these accidents.
According to the data made available by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, average commute times to San Francisco from Belvedere is over forty minutes, from San Anselmo is over thirty five minutes,from Corte Madera is over thirty three minutes, from Sausalito and Ross is over thirty two minutes, from Fairfax, Novato, Tiburon and Mill Valley is over thirty one minutes, from Larkspur is over twenty nine minutes and San Rafael is over twenty eight minutes. These commute times pertain to those who are driving solo or pooling. People taking transit are spending around twenty more minutes at the least. Taking transit from Belvedere for instance would take an hour for anyone to reach San Francisco.
Residents of Marin County are spending a good two to three minutes more on commutes compared to most places in the Bay Area. This may not sound to be worrisome for a few but the deterioration in traffic conditions has been stark if you consider the increase in the average time of commuting to and from San Francisco in the last seven years. Circa 2011, residents in Marin County took less than twenty seven minutes on an average. This has gone up to more than thirty two minutes now. Most residents are spending a good ten to twenty minutes more on their daily commutes and there is no major plan of action in store or in effect right now to improve the scenario.
The accidents and the traffic issues in Marin County must be highlighted and adequate actions should be taken by the local authorities. The number of vehicles plying on the streets would only increase with an expansion of the population in the Bay Area. The civic infrastructure ought to be prepared for such obvious changes.