San Diego drivers spend more time on freeway that most Californians

Posted at 2:26 PM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 20:47:38-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Driving in San Diego is starting to look like Los Angeles - or worse.

For many San Diegans, the morning and afternoon commutes are more congested than the year before.

Equinox Project, a research group, reported that San Diego drivers spent more than 19 hours stuck in traffic last year. The statistic is 30 minutes higher than 2016.

“San Diego traffic wasn't even a thought back in the day,” said commuter Omid Sabet.

San Diegans traveled 29 freeway miles per day in 2017, more than any other major county in California. By comparison, Los Angeles drivers traveled only 23 highway miles.

“People want to buy houses, rent houses, but they’re getting pushed farther and farther away,” said Mikaela Bolling with Equinox Project.

The number of solo drivers dropped half a percent in 2017.

“It’s a small decrease but it’s good news that more people are carpooling, biking or walking to work,” Bolling said.

Few San Diegans are using public transit or bike lanes but Bolling believes that could change.

“There are more bike lanes being put in, so more people may be biking to work. Also, walkable neighborhoods, more people may be living closer to where they work.”