Where It’s Rush Hour 24/7

Recently, I made a trip for a doctor’s appointment in West Anaheim. As I live in Anaheim Hills, I thought to myself, that should be no problem. Just a straight shot down the 91, off at Beach. I made sure to make the appointment time after 930am, because I thought that most people would be at work by then and off the freeways.

Well, now that you’ve picked yourself up off the floor from laughing so hard at my naivete, I have a question for you. How do you do it? How do you keep yourself from weeping every time you get on the freeways here? I can’t even begin to imagine how much time in our lives is wasted from sitting in traffic.

When we first moved here in 2001, I was still working in Santa Monica, and I had a work schedule that made it somewhat bearable to make the commute. That changed during the latter part of 2002, and has never, ever recovered. And it is suposedly only going to get worse. I recently read some reports about the 91 being the most congested freeway in the United States, based on total hours of congestion, not just necessarily during “rush hour.” The 405 isn’t exactly a cakewalk, either.

What, for you, are the most troubling freeways or portions thereof, in Orange County? What suggestions would you have for the mucky-mucks that plan for our transportation needs?

Mine would be to actually have all the carpool ramps connect with each other! What a novel idea! That way, we wouldn’t have to get over five lanes in less than a mile and thus wind up backing up traffic for miles behind us as we attempt to actually merge out of the carpool lane to make it to the upcoming interchange.

Anybody else got any ideas?

5 Comments so far

  1. Fox (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 6:26 pm

    My commute beats the traffic because it nearly entirely entails The Toll Roads, I actually work at one of the toll plazas. I get from UCI to the county line in 20 minutes. It’s really quite marvelous.

    The commute, I mean. Actually having to deal with the hundreds of other angry commuters coming through every afternoon is much less pleasant. I guess nobody really escapes the rush hour battle, in one way or another.

  2. Jon (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 7:03 am

    You know me, I blame the complete and total vacume of reliable, affordable, accesable and available mass transit.

    When I see this map ( http://blogging.la/archives/2007/01/the_map_is_back.phtml ) over at Metroblogging LA you know what it says to me? At least they are planning for something! The OC map would be almost a blank page.

  3. Gina (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 8:48 am

    Wow, Fox, I would say you definitely have it pretty good. Although I’m not sure I would want to deal with the crabby drivers, either.

    Jon, I was looking just for freeway stuff, like fixing how the 57 onramp to the 91 west just SUCS because they have like, 300 feet in which to get over or else they are forced off the freeway.

    It just seems there is so much they could do to improve the flow.

  4. Jon (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 9:58 am


    Traffic-flow improvements aside, I guess I feel like fixing the irrelevant is not the solution. Hence my never ending bitching about the vortex I like to call OC Mass Transit.

    Besides, isn’t taking cars off of the congested roads one way of fixing these freeways? =) You’re right tho, the 57/91 interchange blows.

  5. Dave Share (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

    My worst is the 5N at the 91

    Regarding Jon’s comment about OC’s crappy Mass Transit system, I just noticed yesterday that the giant gold seals on the side of the busses says “America’s #1 Transit System” (or something similar). WTF???? NO! ANyone know how we snatched that title??

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