San Diego in motion
provided by SANDAG
If you have to commute to work during rush hour, it may seem more like
"San Diego stop-and-go." There are some good alternatives that
can eliminate your commute, or at least take the stress out of the I-5/I-8/805/I-15
mericans like to move around, and San Diegans are no
exception. Local travel, as measured in vehicle miles logged in the County,
has grown at a faster rate than either population or employment. While the
population of the region has increased by 80 percent, and employment has
doubled, local travel miles have almost tripled over the past 20 years.
Even when the employment growth rates fell in the early 1990s, population
and locally traveled miles continued to grow.
And while transit travel grew at a faster rate than
automobile travel, transit still represents a small percentage of the region's
trips. In some areas however, transit travel is significant. For example,
downtown San Diego has the region's best level of transit service and about
12 percent of downtown workers use transit during the peak commuting hours.
If the objectives of the San Diego Centre City Plan are achieved, 40 percent
of the downtown work trips will be made by transit in the year 2015. But
predictions state that less than 10 percent of all trips will continue to
be made by other transportation modes, including public transit, walking
Highway system expansion has not kept pace with increasing
automobile travel - as anyone who uses local highways has to have noticed.
Even if proposed transportation facilities are fully funded, miles logged
are predicted to grow at a faster rate than the transportation system. In
other words, as we continue our love affair with our cars, we're all going
to be spending a lot more time in more traffic. What to do? Do what you
can to reduce your personal mileage and improve the environmental profile
of your transportation options. We've compiled a list of options which introduces
the world of local San Diego travel.
Commuter Characteristics for San Diego Region
Drive Alone 76%
Public Transit 3%
Average travel time to work: 22 minutes
Source: 1990 Census
Peak Hour Commute Times: approximately 6:30 am to 8:30 am.
Telecommuting refers to using phones, computers, electronic
mail, teleconferencing and other means to allow you to work without traveling
to your workplace. You might telecommute from a home office or at a special
location close to home. It might more appropriately be called "teleworking."
Telecommuting is legal everywhere in the United States
and is a growing employment trend. Several companies in our region allow
their employees to telecommute, including the City of San Diego. The City
of Chula Vista has established two telecommuting centers, complete with
computers, copiers and other office machinery, and provides non-polluting
bus transportation for local users.
Telecommuting won't work for all occupations - it's
tough to do auto repair over the phone - but it is a good alternative for
many office workers, even if they only telecommute part of the week and
travel to work the remainder.
Carpooling is a natural choice for people who are interested
in cutting down on their commute costs while enjoying a more relaxing trip
to and from the office. Carpooling is a flexible arrangement by two or more
individuals who live and work within a mile or two from one another. Carpooling
is a great choice for those who do not need their car at work everyday,
have a consistent work schedule and travel more than 15 minutes to work.
And remember, carpooling is flexible. You can carpool all the time, or just
a few days a week. Even one day out of five means a 20 percent reduction
in the number of vehicle trips you make.
About 14 percent of San Diego County commuters share
a ride to work to gain ridesharing's considerable benefits:
Finding someone to carpool with is the first step in
starting a carpool. Ridelink can help you locate someone through Ridelink's
Regional Ridematching Services. Ridelink's matching program will help you
locate other commuters living close to your home and who commute to a work
site close to where you work. The program will even identify prospective
carpool partners with similar work schedules. To get your personalized rideshare
match list call Ridelink today at 237-POOL.
- Saving money in gas and vehicle maintenance ($500-$2,100 each year)
- Possibility of lowering insurance rates.
- Ability to use carpool lanes on freeways and at on-ramps.
- Making better use of your time to work: reading, eating, sleeping
or visiting with carpool friends.
- Helping to clean the air you breathe.
- Helping reduce the traffic congestion you face every day.
Regional vanpool program
For commuters who want a comfortable cross between the
convenience of their own car and the cost advantage of mass transit, vanpools
are the ride of choice. Vanpools offer a comfortable, reasonably priced
and convenient way to work for groups of seven to 15 people who share similar
commute patterns. A commuter van is driven by a member of the group. Riders
are picked up at mutually agreed upon locations. Expenses are shared. It's
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) offers
regional commuter vanpools monthly financial incentives ranging from $300
to $385 depending on the type of commuter vanpool vehicle used. Employers
can offer employees $65 per month towards vanpool costs, tax free to the
employee! In addition to the carpool benefits, vanpool benefits include:
To join a vanpool, please call RideLink at 237-POOL
- The primary vanpool driver typically "rides" for free
- Reduced commuting costs
- Less stress
- A comfortable ride
- Possible tax incentives
To help make your carpool and vanpool connections easier, there are over
60 Park and Ride lots in the immediate San Diego area and throughout North
San Diego County.
Instead of arriving at work angry and tense from the
traffic, you can arrive at your office feeling great. Nearly one half of
all San Diegans live within bicycling distance to their jobs. Furthermore,
San Diego has more than 300 miles of bikeways and year-round temperate weather.
So, if you want to do your part to reduce traffic and air pollution while
exercising and improving your health, remember that biking to work gives
you all the freedom of a car. You can still come and go as you please, adjusting
your schedule to overtime requirements.
RideLink, in cooperation with various bicycle shops
and organizations throughout the region, publishes a colorful Bike Map.
The map illustrates numerous bikeways throughout the region. You may order
your FREE Bike Map on-line or by calling RideLink at 237-POOL.
If you think that your commute is too far to ride your
bike comfortably, remember that cycling a portion of the way is always an
option. You can bike to the nearest Park and Ride lot or to the nearest
bus or trolley station and take transit for the remainder of the commute.
CalTrans has provided bicycle lockers at several Park and Ride lots, trolley
Stations and at many public sites for the use of bicycle commuter.
Special bus/bicycle rack service is available on the
following bus routes:
- Route 41 - Fashion Valley, Genesee Shopping Center, Scripps Hospital,
- Route 9- Pacific Beach - Downtown San Diego
- Route 80- Pacific Beach - San Diego State University
- Route 910 - San Diego, Coronado, Imperial Beach
North County Transit District
County Transit System
- Parkway Plaza to Ramona, Julian and Ocotillo Wells
If you'd like to bike, but San Diego's hilly terrain
in your area is insurmountable with a regular bike, you should check out
the latest in electric transportation: the EV Warrior Electric Bicycle.
The EV Warrior is a 6-speed road bike that can travel up to 18.5 mph with
a range of up to 15 miles - which can be increased of course, with more
pedaling. Named by Business Week magazine as one of its "25 Best New
Products" of the year, the EV Warrior is recharged by plugging into
a regular wall plug for a maximum of 6 hours. EV Warriors are available
at the Marvin K. Brown Auto Center in Mission Valley, 1141 Camino Del Rio