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09 December 2004 @ 06:21 am
Commute notes  

Left work at 6:23 yesterday, got home at 7:24. It was very much a north-south day. the 710 was great and the 605 was pretty good. However the 91 sucked, the 210 was pretty bad for awhile, and the 10 (which i took a glance at while driving over) looked atrocious.

The 710-91 connector is especially annoying. At some point i'll have to try taking the 105 home if the 710 is clear but i want to get a few more days of data on my current route before i try switching things around.

If they've got all these sites that track traffic speeds i can't figure out why no one has done any compilations. Ie what's the average speed on this freeeway at this time on that day (presumably by weekday would be the best way to divide it, as opposed to day of month or day of year, although day of week on a particular month or week of the year might be even better)
Dieppe: Bunnydieppe on December 9th, 2004 10:45 am (UTC)
If you haven't already you can sign up for a trial membership at Sigalert.com ... you can set it up with a few routes that you usually take, and at certain times of the day (that you specify) it'll email you a message with any problems on your route and any suggested alternates...

Just a thought. :)

DonAithnendonaithnen on December 11th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure that would really help since there are multiple websites where i can get sigalerts and other current traffic info.

What i'm more interested in is historical records, because that way i could figure out the most efficient times to be commuting without having to run the experiments myself.
(Anonymous) on December 9th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC)
Additional suggestions
Yeah, I was guessing about 1 1/2 hours in the morning and 1 hour in the evening (since you'd be after the real rush hour period), but I didn't want to make any predictions since it's been years since I've done that drive at all regularly.

If the 710 has been okay in the mornings and evenings, then I would definitely try the 105 to the 710. The 105 is pretty much guaranteed to be better than the 91 (unless there is an accident, of course), so if the 710 has been good you should try it. I have less experience with the 710 since I haven't lived on that side of Long Beach.

I will warn you that the 105-E can get bogged down at the 605 because it dead-ends there and everyone has to go onto the 605. It's probably still be nicer than the 91 though. I only really take the 105 to and from LAX, so I'm not very familiar with it's traffic flow. If the 105 is really nasty, you can ditch off onto a side street, go North to Firestone, and then turn right to cut over to the 605. This has the added bonus of taking you past my favorite miniature golf place :)

DonAithnendonaithnen on December 11th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Additional suggestions
Don't know if you'll see this or not (why didn't you respond using steurad's account? =) but the 710 has been pretty good in the evening and total crap in the mornings. And going by the traffic websites the 91 may not be great but the 105 would likely be worse, so for the moment i'm going to stick with your original very usefull suggestions :)