Apr 27, 2015
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Richmond came in 12th out of 82 Bay Area locations on a new list of the worst commutes for drivers.

Consumer advocacy site NerdWallet calculated commute times across the Bay Area but also analyzed additional factors such as gas prices, car insurance premiums and percentages of workers who drive alone or use public transportation. While commute times will vary across the region, so will the cost of gas, insurance and the likelihood that you will be sharing the crowded freeways with solo drivers, the site says.

Richmond was named 12th worst commute for drivers based on these factors. The city’s drivers spend an average of $1,126.59 for their insurance premium, about $3.80 per gallon of gas and must compete with a significant number of solo drivers, since only 13.2-percent of Richmond residents use public transportation to commute to work.

The No. 1 worst commute, however, goes to Discovery Bay, where just 1.2-percent of commuters use public transportation, and where nearly 80-percent of drivers commute alone.

The situation for Richmond drivers is likely worsened by the fact that its highways — I-80 and I-580 — don’t harbor enough carpoolers.

West County cities like Hercules and many in the North Bay have high percentages of solo drivers crowding the highways passing through Richmond, according to the study.

Nearly 74-percent of workers in the North Bay — Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties — commute solo, according to NerdWallet.

The study was the latest in a number of similar reports suggesting the Bay Area will need measures to boost public transportation and ease traffic as the region continues to attract additional jobs and residents.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.