The Bay Region is growing, both in employment and population. Its cities are getting more congested. Bay Area freeways, despite their immense size (8 and even 10 lanes compared to the 4-lane roadways of places like Tokyo, Osaka and much of Europe) are increasingly stacked up and backed up.
Is this what we want? Do Americans love their cars more than other people do? Of course not. But unfortunately since the end of World War II, American metropolitan areas have been organized to encourage auto travel and discourage other, more efficient means of travel.
Can anything be done about this? Yes, it’s been done elsewhere and it can be done here as well.