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Old 10-15-2011, 01:45 AM
Location: Sacramento, CA
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I commute down SUNRISE BLVD every weekday morning at around 8am from Citrus Heights area to south of Hwy 50 in Rancho C. Is it just me or does the morning traffic pattern on SUNRISE (specifically from around Winding Way in Fair Oaks to Zinfandel in RC) make absolutely no sense? Some days are a bumper to bumper parking lot and other days the road is almost literally empty. I realize rush hour traffic will always have lighter and heavier days (considering accidents, weather, etc..), but the extremes and inconsistencies on Sunrise seem very odd and perplexing to me. For instance, this week from Mon thru Thursday the traffic was amazingly light. I was 'flying' over the American River bridge each morning. What a pleasure. Today though it was a parking lot the entire way down. No accidents or stalled vehicles. Just hundreds upon hundreds of cars. Made me wonder who were all these people and where were they all going today at 8am that they weren't going Monday to Thursday at 8am. It's hit or miss like this all the time. By the way the 5PM commute north on Sunrise from Hwy 50 is bad everyday , but at least it's consistent unlike the morning!
Anyone else deal with this morning commute and notice the same thing? Any thoughts or theories? I'm just really curious.
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Old 10-15-2011, 02:30 AM
Location: Sacramento, Placerville
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Traffic is always inconsistent. If I have to do something I usually do it before 1:00 PM to beat the traffic, but it is usually tolerable up to around 3:30. For some reason it has been unusually bad this week.
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:19 AM
Location: San Diego (Unv Heights)
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[quote=misc916;21293110] but the extremes and inconsistencies on Sunrise seem very odd and perplexing to me.

Sunrise, Zinfandel, and the other north/south corridors are usually screwed up. Either the traffic is bad, or **really** bad.
I gave up trying to find an explanation for the erratic patterns long ago.
On weekdays I noticed I have a very, very short window to get anything done around town before I'm stuck somewhere sitting in traffic staring toward a hazy horizon wishing I was home; that window lies somewhere between 10am and 1:30pm and becoming more narrow all the time.
This is the wonderful advantage of living in Sprawl City, USA.
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