It's a tradeoff that 3.9 percent of the Bay Area workforce are willing to make to own an affordable home. It's often not even a choice between living in the city or the suburbs, but the close-in suburbs or the exurbs or San Joaquin Valley.
Richard Scheinin describes the commutes of many Bay Area workers who have chosen long commutes in order to own an affordable, larger single family home in the exurbs within the Bay Area, or outside the Bay Area in the San Joaquin Valley.
The mega-commuting phenomenon is "the result of decades of housing decisions -- or non-decisions," said Dave Vautin, senior transportation analyst with the MTC. "It speaks to the lack of sufficient housing production in our region over many decades. We've gotten ourselves in a giant hole and we're having to dig ourselves out."
"Families with high levels of education and high levels of professional achievement, who think of themselves as homeowners, face a widening gap between what they earn and what housing costs," said Carolina Reid, assistant professor in city and regional planning at UC Berkeley, explains the reason for these extreme commutes:
The workers featured in the article mostly drive, unlike a somewhat similar recent post that focused on long-distance commuters relying on a commuter train. The exception was the most interesting commute involving four modes: auto, commuter bus, BART, employer shuttle:
Dianne Isaak gets ready to board a commuter bus [photo] in Manteca, Calif., in the early morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Isaak, 31, commutes to her job as a surgical coordinator in San Francisco five days a week. She and her husband and children moved out to Manteca so that they could realize the dream of owning a home. She drives a short distance to then catch a commuter bus that takes her to the Dublin BART station where she then takes BART to San Francisco. She then catches a shuttle bus to work.
Here's the map of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District inter-regional commuter bus that Ms. Isaak takes. Reservations are strongly recommended as capacity is limited, which is why it is also referred to as subscription service. The fare: $7.00, one-way or up to $174 monthly.
Effective July 1, 2014
The RTD-BART Commuter offers regular, frequent service to BART.
Residents in Stockton can hop on the Commuter at the Downtown Transit Center and travel to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station with 7 departures from 5:00A to 5:00P every weekday.
This service has two feeder buses, one originating in Stockton, and one originating in Manteca. The two buses meet at the Tracy Park-and-Ride, where the Manteca passengers transfer to the other bus. The combined bus then travels on to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station.
RTD’s Interregional Commuter Service is a limited-capacity service and RTD strongly recommends advance reservations to ensure space availability.
Credit: San Joaquin RTD #150
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