The traffic report presented to the city council this week gave a partly cloudy forecast for Encinitas traffic. The forecast was based on very optimistic projections for I5 traffic flow in 2030. The city's consultant, who worked very closely with city staff, said that a lot of the city's traffic problems would be alleviated once "freeway avoidance" traffic (a.k.a cut-through) got back on the freeway and off our streets. They said that was going to happen by 2030 because the I5 expansion will be complete by then.
Turns out that there might not be any sun in our forecast. Two days after the city's administration tried to slide the traffic report past the public the North County Times reported on a study that SANDAG just released. From that article,
"On the coast, solo commute times would improve [in 2030]. The trip from Oceanside to downtown San Diego would shrink slightly, from 76 minutes to 70.
As for car-pool trips down I-5, those would improve significantly, from the current average of 69 minutes to 48 minutes, the plan states. The typical transit trip would go from 93 minutes to 77."
Folks, if San Diego's population continues to boom cut-through traffic is not going to vanish in our lifetime. Jerome Stocks must have know that there was an inconsistency between the city's traffic report and SANDAG's study. Stocks is on the council traffic study subcommittee and he sits on SANDAG.
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