The majority of Silicon Valley commuters drive alone and spend an average of 39 hours per year stuck in traffic. That’s a loss of $800 dollars on excess fuel consumption per commuter – more than $971 million in total every year. Long solo commutes and congestion on our roadways contribute to dramatic and rapid changes in the climate of our planet and decrease productivity and quality of life for our employees.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group and its Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) advocate for Silicon Valley’s long-term economic health and quality of life by increasing the ease in which Silicon Valley employees, residents, and cargo move through and within the Valley. The goal of the Transportation Policy Committee is to improve transportation in a manner that minimizes our impact on the environment.
Some of the issues the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and its Transportation Policy Committee support and have championed include:
- Sales tax increases to pay for transportation infrastructure, including the BART Silicon Valley Extension.
- New flights to Silicon Valley’s Airport (SJC), including flights on Virgin America from San Jose to Los Angeles and San Jose to Tokyo on ANA! These flights are a direct result of years of work by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and the Leadership Group’s CEO Airport Task Force.
- Connecting our communities and transportation networks through implementation of SB 375 and better design.
- Promoting more alternative commutes. Are you interested in doing this at your location but don’t know where to start? Check out the Bay Area Air Quality Management District‘s Spare the Air Employer Program, including the Alternative Commute Solution’s Survey & Toolkit!
- Programs for Electric Hybrid Vehicles and Connected Cities technology – Check out Driving Charged & Connected 2014!
- The expansion of bike and pedestrian networks through Bike to Work Day/Month and increased incorporation into Corporate Health and Wellness programs – See what was discussed at Health Happens in the Workplace on April 30th at Microsoft!
- Increasing the use of technology to maximize and “green” our transportation system
Many of our member companies are coming up with their own solutions to transportation challenges, from shuttles to parking to automated transit and more. Check out this visualization of shuttles taking San Francisco residents to Silicon Valley companies by Stamen Design, part of the Zero1 art and technology festival.