As most people know, the Bay Area can be a pretty shitty place to drive. Add to that a seemingly ever-increasing toll and high gas prices and public transit starts looking better and better. At least that’s how the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District is interpreting the latest statistics on traffic on their 74-year-old span.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, 1.7 million cars drove the Golden Gate Bridge this past May, almost an entire percentage drop from traffic the same time the previous year.
The number that continues to rise is the amount of people taking public transit to cross the iconic span. 576,000 passengers have made their way across the bridge by bus this past May, 4.2% more than May 2010.
“Looking at the gas-price data, I’m sure that’s one of the stronger influences right now,” said GGB spokesperson Mary Currie.