An overflow audience of Bay Area business and transportation leaders met today at the Bay Area Council for a riveting forum on innovative approaches for solving the region’s economy-sapping traffic congestion and mass transit overload. Council Executive Committee member and Commute Improvement Committee Chair Rosemary Turner of UPS led the discussion – The New Commute: Disrupting Bay Area Traffic – with leaders from Google, LinkedIn, Lyft, MVgo, PROP SF, Scoop, Tideline, UC Berkeley, Waze Carpool, Chariot, Zoox and Bishop Ranch. As part of its 2017 agenda, the Council has committed to doubling down on solving one of the region’s most vexing problems. Speakers shared thinking on driverless cars, high-speed ferries, the future of carpooling and ride-sharing, first and last mile connections, and private commuter regional services, among others. One speaker said that commute considerations are second only to salary in whether employees chose to work in the Bay Area. Special thanks to Council Executive Committee member Morrison & Foerster for sponsoring this important discussion and to WeDriveU for providing a delicious breakfast. Check back next week for a video of the forum. To engage in the Council’s Commute Improvement Committee, please contact Policy Director Emily Loper at

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