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San Francisco Traffic Drop Shows Gasoline Rebound Still Elusive

  • Toll bridges take 3% fewer vehicles in January: Bay Authority
  • Demand recovery might stall if driving doesn’t push market
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Photographer: David Paul Morris

San Francisco traffic slowed further in January, adding to signs that California’s struggle with the pandemic continues to hobble a recovery in fuel demand.

About 8.6 million vehicles crossed seven San Francisco toll bridges in January, a 3.2% drop from December, according to data from the Bay Area Toll Authority. That follows a recent slump in Los Angeles. When compared to a year ago, daily traffic numbers have been 20% to 30% lower in the Bay Area.