Amid Outbreak, Drivers Find Swifter Commute

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March 10, 2020 - 11:02 am
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One of the side effects of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area has been a significant drop in traffic — at least during the morning rush. 

With thousands of tech workers being told to telecommute due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, KCBS Radio has obtained data showing that there is far less traffic on the two bridges connecting the East Bay with Silicon Valley and the Peninsula. 

The Dumbarton Bridge had 17% less traffic during yesterday's morning rush hour compared to a typical non-holiday Mondays this winter, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The San Mateo Bridge also saw an 8% decline in morning traffic.

BART has reported an 8% drop in ridership too, but the agency's figures did not include Monday when the change became even more palatable to some commuters.