Steiner quoted in article on commuting in Gainesville, Florida
Ruth Steiner, a professor of urban and regional planning at UF, moved here from the San Francisco Bay area about 20 years ago. Compared to back then, she said, traffic counts on major roads like 13th Street are down while public transit ridership in Gainesville has grown considerably.
Steiner, who lives halfway between Santa Fe College and UF and takes the bus occasionally, such as when her car is in the shop, spoke positively of how RTS service has expanded and improved over the years and pointed out that Gainesville's employment centers are pretty centrally located too.
She also said traffic in Gainesville tends to be more spread out throughout the day — with students, faculty and staff traveling to and from the university and UF Health facilities at different times — whereas most cities have peaks from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“We spread our peak a little bit, so it doesn't get as intense,” she said.