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Old 05-23-2011, 02:05 PM
 
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We currently live in Chicago. My husband's job is transferring him to Long Beach. My main office is in Del Mar, so I am going to be transferring also. We found that Laguna Niguel and Dana Point are about the halfway point and according to the maps we've seen, it will take both of us approximately 50 minutes to get to work each day, but that's not rush hour. My husband is originally from San Diego never really left San Diego County so we have no idea during rush hour what our commutes will be. Can someone give me an idea? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:29 PM
 
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There is really only one option for both of you if you choose to live in DP or LN. That's the 5/405. 5 South to Del Mar or 5 North to the 405 North to Long Beach.

There is normally a backup at the El Toro Y (5/405 split) and the 405 N will also be slow where the 22 meets and again at the 605 junction. I used to drive from Tustin to LB (Airport Area) every day and the time from where the 22 merges with the 405 to Lakewood Blvd was normally 15-20 minutes, but took longer on some days. If he has to go to downtown LB that will be another 20 minutes at least.

I understand that the 5 South gets really jammed up at around the 805 junction so depending on where you have to go, it might not be good.

Have you considered the train? I think there is a station in Del Mar and I think there is a station in Long Beach. It's worth looking in to cause one of you could ride the train while the other made a short automobile commute.

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Old 05-23-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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The commute to Long BEach will be rough, but doable. 45-50 minutes. The Trip to Del Mar is a crap shoot, and may take up to 1.5 - 2 hours at rush hour
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:17 PM
 
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Wow, I didn't know it would take so long to get to Del Mar. Of course, on paper, its the same distance each way. Thanks I will look into public transportation. In Chicago, we hop the trains and take them into the city with virtually no driving at all, so I'm not sure I really want to drive 3-4 hours a day. I really appreciate the advice.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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If your husband lived in San Diego, he can appreciate what the traffic is like in OC and Long Beach. It's the same as going from Carlsbad to San Diego, or vice versa, in rush hour.

When I lived in Newport I commuted to San Diego for work. it took about 1.5 hours and that was to the Mira Mesa area. Coming back, was even longer.
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Old 05-29-2011, 03:23 AM
 
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Wow, I didn't know it would take so long to get to Del Mar. Of course, on paper, its the same distance each way. Thanks I will look into public transportation. In Chicago, we hop the trains and take them into the city with virtually no driving at all, so I'm not sure I really want to drive 3-4 hours a day. I really appreciate the advice.
I'm originally from Laguna Niguel and my brother currently lives in La Jolla, semi close to Del Mar. The car ride takes a little over an hour without traffic, but traffic can be horrific from LN to Del Mar on Fridays. Good thing you'll be travelling in the opposite direction.

The train is relatively convenient but depending on where you live in LN, can be up to a 10-15 min drive from your home to the station. Also, if your job doesn't subsidize your tickets it can add up quickly.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:41 AM
 
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We currently live in Chicago. My husband's job is transferring him to Long Beach. My main office is in Del Mar, so I am going to be transferring also. We found that Laguna Niguel and Dana Point are about the halfway point and according to the maps we've seen, it will take both of us approximately 50 minutes to get to work each day, but that's not rush hour. My husband is originally from San Diego never really left San Diego County so we have no idea during rush hour what our commutes will be. Can someone give me an idea? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Can't one of you make a telecommuting arrangement with your employer so you can live closer to one or the other? I can't imagine driving those distances every day to work. If I were faced with that situation I'd probably be looking around San Clemente or San Juan Cap.
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