UC Berkeley Professors Took Away Part of Our Retrofitted Central Freeway – And Now, UC Berkeley Students are Coming for the Rest of It – Octavia Boulevard is Good?!

Via Eric Fisher, who’s Everywhere You Want To Be, we see, among other items, this proposal for what’s left of our Central Freeway:

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Read the first sentence – it’s ABSOLUTELY WRONG* about how great the failed Octavia Boulevard flows.

“Octavia Boulevard has demonstrated how it has been able to handle as many cars as the former Central Freeway, without causing undue congestion and delay”

Sorry kids!

*For lots of reasons, but I guess a few of the major ones have to do with it beginning / ending at Market Street (as opposed to letting Market flow by allowing north-south traffic on the Central Freeway to go over Market. Octavia Blvd itself is a traffic bottleneck (as evidenced by the almost always traffic-free on-ramp just south of Market and also by the generally traffic free part of westbound Fell starting at Laguna) AND Octavia Blvd also creates bottlenecks on your east-west streets such as Haight, Page, and Oak. And of course the OB is mostly just two lanes as opposed to the three lanes of the former Central Freeway. Say what you will about planning and whatnot, it boggles the mind how anybody could think that first sentence could possibly be true IRL. But don’t trust me – ask corporate shuttle bus drivers. Ask ’em if they might possibly prefer a way to pass over Market during the Evening Drive. I’ll tell you, outbound Central Freeway never ever backed up, and inbound well sure, at the light on westbound Fell at Laguna, sure it backed up a bit, but the backup was on the freeway, where it belonged.)

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