Not So Bad, SoCal: Average Morning Commute 17th-Worst In US

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — If it took you a half-hour to get to work this morning, the drive could have been even worse, according to data released Thursday.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports that while the Southland is infamous for its bumper-to-bumper traffic, the U.S. Census Bureau found commuters here are better off than their East Coast counterparts.

Drivers in the L.A.-Long Beach-Santa Ana region sit in traffic for an average of 28.1 minutes to get to work —  only 17th-worst in the nation.

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island residents have the worst commute time with an average of 34.6 minutes.

For some commuters, getting up early makes all the difference.

“From Azusa to El Monte, I don’t get no traffic in the morning,” said one man. “I start at three in the morning so there’s no traffic at all, but going back I do, like, 45 minutes.”

Average commute times jump slightly higher for commuters in Riverside, San Bernardino and Ontario, who clock in at around 30.6 minutes.

More than 470,000 commuters throughout California spend 90 minutes or more getting to work, with the majority of them in Los Angeles and Riverside counties, according to the Census Bureau.

How long does it take you to get to work? Let us know in the comments section below.


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