I hesitate to jump on the bandwagon to sing praises to the improved 101 traffic in Marin County since they opened the lanes on a stretch of San Rafae in first quarter, 2009.
It amazes me to see people who hardly drive on 101 filming the traffice at 6:00AM while reporting how great the traffic is 😉
As a Realtor, commuting during traffic hours is not the norm as I have the priviledge to schedule appointments away from traffic hours and that is what I normally do.
I feel that for reliability, I have to wait until I actually have the chance to drive during traffic hours regularly before reporting with confidence about the improvement, if any.
Well, my younger son signed up for classes at Cal. The classes start at 8:10am / 9:10am; and I have the priviledge of driving him to UC during traffice hours every morning for the last two weeks.
So far, I am very impressed by how much traffic has improved.
During the height of construction period, it took me up to 1 hour to inch from North Novato to just befroe Central San Rafael. This includes finding all local detours (which many don’t know) to avoid the heavies 101 traffic depending on how each stretch of traffic is moving at the time.
And now, I can be on the Richmond bridge in just over 20 minutes and be in the middle of Cal campus (which includes driving through the famously painful Unversity Avenue) in abuot 35 minutes.
O.K. I have to admit that I took advantage of the car pool lane with my younger son in the car. However, I was able to observe the heavier part of traffic when I drove by. There are still stretches where the traffic slows down but the stretch is much shorter – just before St. Pablo and right after that exit. The traffic, although slower, is not that bad. The cars still move along nicely isntead of the agonizing stop and go.
In addition, I also surveyed my clients who commute to the city for work. The reports are a resounding YES! on how much better the traffic is now. A client told me the improvement is anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes driving the 101 stretch in Marin county. I am pleased to hear that.
So, my overall report on the 101 widening project in Central Marin, although slow in coming, is – Yes, A Great Improvement!
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