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.
The National Weather Service on has issued a frost advisory from 10 p.m., Friday to 9 a.m., Saturday for the inland valleys of San Diego.
If you look East towards the horizon, you can see the fresh dusting of snow on our local mountains, thanks to the substantial storm system that blew through San Diego County.
In Otay Mesa, it’s the first week of construction of a steel wall for the secondary border barrier separating the United States from Mexico.
While some animals enjoy the cold temperatures and occasional snow, others do not. The San Diego Zoo makes sure all of the animals in its care that need to stay warm are kept nice and cozy. News 8's photojournalist Brian White shows us how they make it happen.
If you are looking for a splash of color, head to Borrego Springs to check-out the post-rain wild flower bloom. Experts said the recent weather has allowed plants to grow larger and created an unusual winter bloom. News 8's photojournalist Vello Vannak has the story.
A 4-year-old girl was taken to Children's Hospital with major trauma around 11:45 a.m. after a man allegedly tried to strangle her.
Marine Sergeant Miranda Perry and the puppy she saved while on deployment in Iraq were reunited Friday after months of being apart thanks to SPCA International.
The RB High School student is speaking out about an anti-gay emoji going viral on social media. Courtney Stivers-Spitz noticed the emoji on Instagram and decided to take a stand.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, Friday announced legislation to help the state combat "underground economic crimes" like human trafficking and illegal pharmaceutical schemes.