SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The total number of annual hours lost to traffic jams during commute hours has been reduced by well over half since 2006, according to a report to be released Friday by the San Diego Association of Governments.
The organization attributes the rapid decline to the poor economy, improved freeway infrastructure and a greater use of public transit.
Five years ago, more than 7 million hours of cars were stuck on jammed freeways in San Diego County, according to the report. In 2009, the last year for which figures are available, the total was down to 2.8 million hours.
The greatest improvements were on southbound Interstate 15 in the North County and northbound Interstate 5 from the Sorrento Valley to Cardiff by the Sea, according to SANDAG data. The report will be delivered to the SANDAG Board of Directors.
The only freeway to worsen over the time period was eastbound state Route 78 through San Marcos, which is now the most consistently congested highway in the county.
The SANDAG report said transit use is up 8 percent since 2006, with the bulk of the increase on Metropolitan Transit System buses and the North County Transit District's Sprinter rail line.
The total number of miles traveled by commuters decreased 1.3 percent since 2006, according to the report.
Cal Fire is at the scene of a wildfire burning off State Route 94 near Church Road in the Campo Indian Reservation.
A small plane crashed Saturday evening near the El Capitan Reservoir, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
Backers of an initiative that would allow San Diego State University to buy the SDCCU Stadium site in Mission Valley for campus expansion are scheduled to begin seeking petition signatures Saturday.
Friends and relatives of a couple whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park say they believe the two got lost while hiking in the sprawling desert park and struggled in the searing heat with little food or water before they died in a "sympathetic murder-suicide."
Sunshine and higher temperatures are making the return to San Diego County Saturday after intermittent drizzle across the region on Friday.
President Donald Trump is portraying the Islamic State group's ouster from its Syrian stronghold as a milestone in the U.S. fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition and lasting peace in Syria.
The San Diego Police Department announced Saturday that officers will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations.
The San Diego Gulls allowed power-play and shorthanded goals in the first period and an empty-net goal in the third in a 4-2 loss to the Stockton Heat Friday night at Stockton.
Authorities asked the public Friday for help in identifying and tracking down a pair of thieves who have carried out a two-week series of bank robberies this month in the San Diego area.