Thursday, July 3, 2008
Californians are driving less and travel times on freeways are dropping in San Diego County. Berkeley Transportation Systems measures traffic data collected by California Department of Transportation road sensors. They record how many cars are on the road and how fast the vehicles are moving.
Karl Petty is the CEO of the software company. He says the firm has seen travel times on some San Diego routes drop as much as 10 to 15 percent. Petty also says the number of cars on state freeways is down from last year.
Petty: In general there's a three to seven percent drop for weekdays in the month of June this year versus last year. So there's a relatively significant drop.
Petty says weekend driving has declined even more. He says the company has been measuring traffic patterns for the last eight years. Caltrans has 25,000 traffic sensors throughout the state. They're mostly located in populated areas like the Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego.