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Old 06-15-2011, 01:34 AM
 
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Default Traffic Question - passing through LA

Hi City-Data Los Angeles,

I'm going to be driving from San Diego (UCSD, north of downtown) to the Bay Area (Los Gatos, specifically) on Friday. I've asked some of my friends here in SD for wisdom and they are all saying completely different things. So maybe you guys have something better.

I want to be in Los Gatos around 4 or 4:30. Usually when I make this kind of drive, I leave San Diego around 9am and pass through LA after rush hour. But I don't think I'll make it in time if I do that. And if I leave at 7 or 8, surely I will hit crazy rush hour traffic (right?), and I'd rather not deal with that if I can avoid it. How about 6am? Or maybe 5:30? If I leave San Diego at those times, do you think I'd make it through LA without sitting on the freeway for hours?

Thanks!
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:49 AM
 
Location: North of the hood, south of the valley
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I have done what you are planning to do. Leaving SD at 6:00 am will not be a smart move. You'll hit the northern end of Orange County by 7:30 am at best, possibly later, and that would be prime rush hour for those who have to be at work at 8 am.

5:30 am is better, but I would aim for 5 am to provide you with a margin of error. You must avoid getting caught in the Orange Crush, or all will be lost. The Orange County line to the east LA interchange is about 20 miles of stop and go traffic at rush hour. And during the day, even if it isn't rush hour (10 am to 2 pm) you will be slowing down to 30 to 40 mph at many sections, and will still have a few areas of stop and go.

And on the plus side, leaving at 5 am will get you into the Bay Area before the Rush hour begins up there.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:27 AM
 
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if you leave SD at 5, you'll be getting into LA around 7, which is not a good time to be driving in LA. i would leave SD at 9 avoiding LA rush hour. Also, because Los Gatos is south of San Jose, hopefully you won't hit much traffic in the silicon valley. just haul ***** up the 5 and hopefully you'll be in around 4 or 5pm.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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Okay, thanks. That's what I feared. So I suppose I will leave early. I'll also probably bypass the worst of the 5 some way or another; I've had good luck taking 405 -> 710 -> 10 or 405 -> 605 -> 210 to bypass that section between the OC line and East LA.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:27 AM
 
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Okay, thanks. That's what I feared. So I suppose I will leave early. I'll also probably bypass the worst of the 5 some way or another; I've had good luck taking 405 -> 710 -> 10 or 405 -> 605 -> 210 to bypass that section between the OC line and East LA.
I would take the 15 out of San Diego and bypass all of the Orange County traffic. Then the 71 north to the 210 and back to the 5 is a possiblity.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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I would take the 15 out of San Diego and bypass all of the Orange County traffic. Then the 71 north to the 210 and back to the 5 is a possiblity.
heading west towards pasadena on the 210 during AM rush hour is one of the worst commutes in LA fyi. it starts to back up really early as well.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:52 PM
 
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A follow-up: left Friday 5am, arrived in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of Los Gatos around 12:15. Route through LA was 5 north, 405 north, 710 north, 10 west, 5 north, 2 north, 210 west, 5 north, with no real hangups.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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A follow-up: left Friday 5am, arrived in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of Los Gatos around 12:15. Route through LA was 5 north, 405 north, 710 north, 10 west, 5 north, 2 north, 210 west, 5 north, with no real hangups.
Was that from a GPS navigator? Or someone in your car with internet and traffic maps?
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:53 PM
 
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That reads like a delivery stop schedule.
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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Was that from a GPS navigator? Or someone in your car with internet and traffic maps?
Nah, I was by myself. I checked Sigalert briefly to decide between 5 and 405 down in Irvine, and detoured to the 2 when 5 north of LA started to slow. I've got a pretty good picture of the topology of the LA freeway system in my head....

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That reads like a delivery stop schedule.
Well, it worked
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