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Old 05-22-2009, 09:49 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I want to compare traffic in various cities in standardized (non-subjective) terms. I'm interested in how long does it take to get (strictly on the interstates) from 10 miles outside the downtown core to the downtown core in the morning rush hour traffic and from the downtown core to 10 miles outside the downtown core in the evening rush hour traffic. If I can find out what 10 mile times are, traffic comparisons become EASY and less subjective. I can easily know where 10 miles is by either my odometer or by exit numbers, which have become standardized to be mile-based. And in fact, it might be feasible for some people to do 15 mile rush hour times. Is anybody willing to participate in a little traffic experiement and observe San Francisco's 10 mile or 15 mile (or 20 if it applies) rush hour driving times?
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:07 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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There are two interstates that serve San Francisco.. north/south I-280 and west/east I-80. I-280 is usually a breeze, and you can typically get 10 miles out to Daly City in 15-20 minutes. But I-80 is unpredictable. It can take anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour to go 10 miles to, say, the vicinity of the West Oakland BART station.
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Old 05-22-2009, 03:15 PM
 
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To do this in a more meaningful manner, use a higher mileage, at least 20 miles.
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Old 05-22-2009, 04:13 PM
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SF's economy and high-income jobs are largely decentralized in Silicon Valley, not in City of SF, so can't really compare to "traditional" drives from distant bedroom suburbs to a CBD, like Chic's North Shore suburbs to Loop

About 30mins (in 8AM rush) to drive the 35 mis from SF to MenloPark's Sand Hill Rd (the financial epicenter of region), but many (?most) who work on Sand Hill live 10-15 mins from office in nearby suburbs

Roughly 40-45 mins to reach deeper into SV from SF, e.g. Apple in Cupertino or Google in Mountain View; but again, most tech workers live in various nearby suburbs in SV, not in SF
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Sand Hill Road is the venture capital epicenter of the region. But for other kinds of finance, I don't think it has quite eclipsed San Francisco's own Financial District, not until it gets its own stock exchange at least.
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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After your interstate comparison, you actually need to know the local area traffic. Downtown SF traffic during rush hour is pretty bad, a lot of one way streets. It may take you 15-20 minutes after you get off the freeway to get to your destination.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Yes San Francisco might as well be an Island most traffic has to cross a bridge and there lies the problem. North and South on 101 can take you an hour to go 10 miles. Likewise the Bay Bridge can take hours on a bad day.
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