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The Golden Triangle is going through a period of tremendous growth! Nearly 50 major public, private and transportation infrastructure projects are underway or planned over the next five years. The Shift team is here to help mitigate the impact of possible challenges created by construction and provide transportation choices to make it easier to get around. Check out the shift blog to stay up-to-date on the latest Golden Triangle transportation resources and experiences from commuters, residents and families in this area.

    What Motivates You to Walk or Bike to Work?
    by Shift San Diego | Jan 11, 2019

    It’s tough trying to stay active while juggling work and home responsibilities. Who has the time or energy to squeeze in a gym workout after sitting through bumper to bumper traffic for an hour?

    Try walking or biking to work, instead! You’ll be able to avoid rush hour traffic while burning some calories. Plus, there are a lot of health and wellness benefits to staying active. Here are our top 10 reasons why you should get outside and walk or bike to work (at least once a week).

    1. Live longer

      A new study in the British Medical Journal finds that people who bike to work live significantly longer than those who drive or ride transit. Bike commuters were 41% less likely to die during the five-year study period.

    2. Prevent cancer and disease

      The same study also found that bike commuters were less likely to suffer from major health problems like cancer or heart disease.  Similar studies have linked active transportation to lower rates of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

    3. Improve your brain function

      Walking optimizes blood flow to the brain and improves brain function. The relatively light impact of foot to pavement triggers waves of blood flow to the brain even more so than running or biking.

    4. Be more creative

      Walking may lead to more creative thinking than sitting and concentrating at your desk. Research from Stanford University's Graduate School of Education found that college students who walked instead of sitting performed better on tasks such as finding alternative uses for common objects or thinking of analogies for complex ideas – both tests used to measure creative thinking.

    5. Reduce stress

      Research from Montreal confirms that there are real stress-level differences among commuters based on mode. Predictably, drivers were the least happy with their commutes mostly due to unexpected delays. By contrast, walkers were the least-stressed commuters.  Other studies suggest that travel mode cannot only affect your stress during your commute, but also impact your stress levels throughout the day.

    6. Lose weight

      Biking and walking burn calories and can help you shed a few pounds. Studies have shown that men and women who bike or walk to work weigh an average of six or seven lbs. less than their driving counterparts and have significantly lower percentages of body fat.

    7. Save money

      Owning and maintaining a personal vehicle is expensive. You don’t have to ditch your car completely. Biking and walking to work a few times a week can save money on fuel, parking, and general wear-and-tear. See for yourself. Use this free tool to calculate how much money you can save annually by switching to a bike commute.

    8. Lower your carbon footprint

      Choice of commute mode has real impacts on the environment. Burning of fossil fuels is the single greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions. You can lessen the impact of your commute choices on the environment by replacing one or more car trips per week with a sustainable commute mode. Compare your daily carbon emissions to a sustainable alternative here.

    9. Motivate the people around you

      Your healthy commute habits can have a positive influence on partners and coworkers. Studies show that people who have spouses or coworkers who actively commute are more likely to try it themselves.

    10. Get there quicker than you think!

    People often complain that walking and biking to work is too time consuming and work is money. However, a study out of Penn State demonstrated that people consistently overestimate how long a walk or bike to work will take them. Consider how much it would take for you to walk or bike to work – or better yet, give it a test run – and compare. Is your commute as long as you predicted? And if so, is the extra time worth some quality thinking, lowering your health risks, and destressing your body at the same time?

    Not sure how to get started? Here are some ideas:

    • Use iCommute’s Trip Planner to find the best route. Don’t forget to select the bike and walk icons!
    • Check out iCommute’s bike page for resources and bike safety tips.
    • Try out a shared mobility service, such as bikeshare or electric scooters.
    • Have kids? Walk, Ride, or Roll to school!

    Remember, you don’t have to commit to walking or biking every day. Simply incorporating physical activity into your commute a couple times a week will yield some great benefits!



    Jan 11, 2019
    The 411 on 511
    by Shift San Diego | Dec 17, 2018

    Having car trouble? Out of gas? Flat tire? Call 511!

    Drivers stranded on freeways in the San Diego region can dial 511 from a cell phone for FREE roadside assistance. SANDAG, in partnership with Caltrans and CHP, operates a Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) that provides free roadside assistance to drivers stranded along approximately 222 miles of local freeways in San Diego County. The FSP operates Monday through Friday from 5:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., except on Federal holidays. With SB1 funding, a pilot program will expand hours to midday and weekend service. Midday service from 10-2 on weekdays will start on July 1, and weekend service from 10 – 6 will start on August 1.

    FSP’s crew of certified drivers help with:

    • A gallon of gas
    • A jump start
    • Water for the radiator
    • Changing a flat tire
    • Towing to a safe, pre-determined location designated by CHP (if they can’t get your vehicle running)

    For help, simply call 511 and say, “Roadside Assistance”.

    FSP tow or pickup trucks are white with the statewide FSP logo on the door. Drivers wear blue uniforms and yellow safety vests and are not allowed to accept tips or payment.

    For more information, please visit 511sd.com/aid.

    Did you have a positive experience with one of our FSP drivers? Email us to let us know!

    Photo of SANDAG 511- Freeway Service Patrol Program - San Diego, CA, United States

    Call 511 from any phone to be also connected toll-free to public transportation, traffic conditions, iCommute, FasTrak®, Compass Card, and a Spanish menu.

    Additionally, go to ShiftSanDiego.com to learn about other commuter resources here, such as:

    • Construction information for the Golden Triangle/University City area
    • Vanpool subsidy (up to $400 a month)
    • Guaranteed Ride Home Program (for those who commute alternatively to work)


    Dec 17, 2018
    Shift Monthly Construction Update - November
    by Shift San Diego | Nov 28, 2018

    Shift Program Monthly Construction Update

    We’re excited to share updates on some of the major projects that will bring access to new community amenities and resources in your neighborhood. Please note, construction schedules are subject to change. To confirm the below and other work schedules, contact Shift at 844-SHIFT-SD.

    CONSTRUCTION TERM HIGHLIGHT: RETAINING WALLS

     

    ConstructionTerm HighlightRetaining walls are rigid structures designed to restrain soil to a desired slope that it would not naturally keep to.

    Various types of retaining walls are currently being constructed in the La Jolla Colony Drive area, including cast-in-place, soil nail, MSE, and soldier pile. Different wall types are used depending on many factors including soil type, protecting utilities, and supporting roadways among others. The future cut-and-cover tunnel at La Jolla Colony Drive will be constructed with cast-in-place walls under the roadway and various other types will be used leading into and away from the roadway area.

    Mid-Coast Trolley Construction Along Genesee Avenue, SANDAG Project

    The Mid-Coast Trolley construction is continuing along the Genesee Avenue at several intersections. Girder construction along Genesee Avenue, north of La Jolla Village Drive will continue through January 2019.

    View closure updates at KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/MidCoastTrolleyFacebook.com/MidCoastTrolley, or @ShiftSanDiego on Twitter.

    The Mid-Coast Trolley construction at the La Jolla Village Drive and Genesee Avenue intersection as of November 2018.

    Torrey Pines Golf Course, City of San Diego Project

    Preparations for the Farmers Insurance Open began in early October with a wall-to-wall overseeding process of perennial ryegrass on both the North Course and the South Course. Each of these award-winning layouts play host to San Diego’s PGA TOUR stop. The buildout for the event itself began on November 1, 2018, with the building of grandstands, hospitality tents and television towers across the two golf courses.

    Immediately following the event taking place Jan. 24-27, a South Course remodel is slated to begin in February 2019. This will include a new irrigation system, improved bunker infrastructure and improved turf on approaches. In addition, two holes will undergo a minor transformation to improve shot values that both San Diego residents, visitors and TOUR players alike can all enjoy. The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department is proud to improve its flagship golf property for everyone.

    Torrey Pines Golf Course prepares for the Farmers Insurance Open
    held from Jan. 23-27, 2019.

    Gilman Drive Bridge, SANDAG and Caltrans Project

    The falsework – temporary support structures used during construction– for the Gilman Drive Bridge were removed in early November, revealing the bridge’s form for the first time since the project started in 2016.

    The finishing work, including sand blasting and patching blemishes, is anticipated to be completed in early 2019. Once open, there will be striping, sidewalks and crosswalk improvements as part of the Medical Center Drive South Improvement Project.

    Before-and-After: The Gilman Drive Bridge form is revealed in early November 2018.

    Gilman Drive Public Sewer Improvements, UC San Diego and City of San Diego Project

    Phase 7 construction at the northernmost point of Gilman Drive before the La Jolla Village Drive overpass was completed in November. The final overlay and striping of Gilman Drive is scheduled to occur between the end of UC San Diego’s Fall Quarter on Dec. 17 through the beginning of Winter Quarter on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

    UC San Diego Mesa Housing Pedestrian and Bike Bridge, UC San Diego Project

    The Mesa Housing Pedestrian and Bike Bridge Project consists of a new bridge across a canyon on the UC San Diego Campus to directly link the Mesa Graduate Housing neighborhood with the Medical Center campus. The bridge will allow walking and biking with significantly shorter, safer routes to campus using the new Gilman Drive Bridge.

    Cranes will be set up in late November or early December for the installation of bridge girders. For more information on this project, visit: adminrecords.ucsd.edu/Notices/2018/2018-9-26-1.html

    Let us know what projects you’re most interested in receiving information about via email at info@ShiftSanDiego.com or phone at 1-844-SHIFT-SD. Visit ShiftSanDiego.com to sign up for email alerts about major construction updates and access the map of all the ongoing projects.

    The Shift San Diego team



    Nov 28, 2018
    Tips for Calculating Your Commute
    by Shift San Diego | Nov 19, 2018

    Have you ever wondered how much time and money you spend on your daily commute? You don’t have to be a mathlete to figure it out, just use the iCommute Commute Calculator! It’s easy and results are immediate. Check out these 7 tips to improve your commute.

    1. Figure out how many days per month you commute.
      1. Twenty-one days is a typical number for full-time employees. Calculate how many days you drive alone and then separately how many days you commute by an alternative mode .
    2. Add up how far your round-trip commute to work is.
      1. A round-trip is the total amount of miles when you go to and from work. Using Google Maps is the easiest way to see how far your route is. Just type in your to and from addresses and multiply by two for your round-trip miles.
    3. Price Compare Gas Stations
      1. You can easily compare gas station prices near you by typing in “gas” in the search bar of Google Maps, either on your phone or desktop. Google automatically shows you a list of the prices of gas stations near you.
    4. View your daily, monthly, and yearly commute costs.
      1. Fill out the simple questions on the iCommute Commute Calculator. This is an excellent tool to use when establishing a budget and doing taxes!
    5. Consider taking transit
      1. Gas can get pricey! Especially in California. Cut down your costs with iCommute’s variety of alternative commuting choices like carpool, vanpool, bike, walk and transit. Filling out the Commute Calculator shows how much you would pay daily, monthly and yearly for each different transit option.
    6. Consider carpooling
      1. Ask your coworkers and friends if they’d want to carpool. Even one day a week cuts costs! Having trouble finding someone? Waze Carpool on the App Store or Google Play can easily match you with people also looking to carpool. Some employers offer an incentive for carpoolers!
    7. Sign up for the vanpool interest list
      1. iCommute makes it easy to find a vanpool that works with your commute. Plus, you can earn financial incentives through a vanpool subsidy provided by SANDAG. You can even start your own vanpool!
    Get your fingers calculating and get yourself into a new commute. Even changing your commute a of couple times a week can make a big difference for your pocketbook, the environment and your overall health & wellbeing. Knowing what you know now about the cost of your commute, what type of change will you try for getting to work?


    Nov 19, 2018
    Transit Etiquette 101
    by Shift San Diego | Nov 05, 2018

    Here area few tips to make your commute more enjoyable, relaxing, and cost effective. Read on to learn more!

    Planning Ahead

    • Get to the transit stop five to ten minutes before your scheduled departure time to make sure you don’t miss your ride .
    • When riding the bus, pick the right spot. Check that you are on the correct side of the street and stand up as the bus approaches to signal that you are ready to be picked up.
    • If you’re paying with cash, have exact change when riding the bus. Drivers don’t carry change. You can easily get a Compass Card or download Compass Cloud from the app to make payment easier. Just call 511 and say “Compass” to get more information.

    Boarding

    • When riding the Trolley or COASTER, you must purchase a ticket before boarding. There are ticket vending machines at each station where you can pay by cash, card, or reload a Compass Card.

      You can also pay for your pass with the Compass Cloud app on your mobile device.

    • All routes are wheelchair accessible.
    • Bikes are allowed on buses (two per bus) as well as the COASTER, SPRINTER, and all Trolley lines. Learn how to bring your bike onto MTS and NCTD.

    Be Aware

    • Be cautious in traffic; drivers and other motorists may not see you. Don’t run across the street for a bus and never run in front of a bus.
    • Choose a safe location. If possible, wait at a well-lit bus stop or one with other passengers and pedestrians nearby.
    • In the event of an emergency, a bus driver can radio the control office for help from first responders. If you need assistance or witness an emergency, ask your operator for help.
    • Don’t block the aisle with strollers or other objects.
    • Occupy only one seat; place bags or parcels near your feet or on your lap.

    Be Respectful

    • Offer seating to elderly or disabled riders if you are in good health.
    • Avoid loud conversations, music, cell phone calls, and foul language.
    • Stay clear of all walkways and door areas.
    • Avoid eating or drinking on board.
    • Be considerate of future riders and don’t deface the vehicle with graffiti, trash, or anything else that does not belong.

    Arriving

    • Be mindful of which stop you need to get off at and aware of which stop comes before.
    • Take all your belongings when you leave, including newspapers and trash. Double check you have your phone, wallet, and keys!
    • Exit through the rear doors to allow passengers getting on board to use the front door.

    Whether you are new to transit or an existing transit commuter, these are great tips to keep in mind when you travel by bus, trolley or train.

    Learn more about your transportation solutions at www.shiftsandiego.com

    Take the bus with San Diego Metropolitan Transit System at www.sdmts.com

    Explore North County with North County Transit District at www.gonctd.com



    Nov 05, 2018
    Shift Monthly Construction Update - October
    by Shift San Diego | Oct 30, 2018

    Shift Program Monthly Construction Update

    We’re excited to share updates on some of the major projects that will bring access to new community amenities and resources in your neighborhood. Please note, construction schedules are subject to change. To confirm the below and other work schedules, contact Shift at 844-SHIFT-SD.

    CONSTRUCTION TERM HIGHLIGHT: SOIL NAILING

     

    Construction Term: Soil nailing is a technique used to reinforce and strengthen existing ground. Soil nailing consists of installing closely spaced bars into a slope or excavation as the construction proceeds from top down. For the work related to the Torrey Pines Slope Stabilization Project, 40-foot long soil nails and water tie-ins are being installed into the retaining wall.

    Mid-Coast Trolley Construction Along Genesee Avenue, SANDAG Project

    The Mid-Coast Trolley construction is continuing along the Genesee Avenue at several intersections. Girder construction along Genesee Avenue, north of La Jolla Village Drive will continue through the end of the year.

    View closure updates at KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/MidCoastTrolleyFacebook.com/MidCoastTrolley, or @ShiftSanDiego on Twitter.

    The Mid-Coast Trolley construction continues along Genesee Avenue.

    Gilman Drive Bridge, SANDAG and Caltrans Project

    Falsework, the temporary support structures used during construction, for the Gilman Drive Bridge is tentatively planned for complete removal in October. This effort will reveal the bridge’s form for the first time since work began in November 2016. Visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/GilmanDrive to learn more about the Gilman Drive Bridge project.

    The Gilman Drive Bridge with falsework still intact.

    North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, UC San Diego Project

    Soil excavation and utility work is expected to be complete by the end of November. Concrete trucks will enter campus from North Torrey Pines Road and Muir College Drive. They will exit the campus from North Torrey Pines and La Jolla Shores Drive. Buildings structures are expected to be built from June to December 2019, and the student-ready housing is estimated to be complete by Fall 2020.

    The Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood is under construction.

    Torrey Pines Slope Stabilization Project, City of San Diego Project

    Work for the project has included connecting a water line to the existing main line on Torrey Pines Road and installing 40-foot long soil nails and water tie-ins into the retaining wall. Grinding and overlaying road work is tentatively scheduled in November, followed by the construction of a stamped asphalt median.

    UC San Diego Mesa Housing Pedestrian and Bike Bridge, UC San Diego Project

    Construction on the pedestrian and bike bridge started in October on the south side of the canyon by the UC San Diego Mesa graduate housing buildings and will progress to the north side of the canyon. This bridge will provide a much-needed connection between Mesa Housing and the Medical Center, while also encouraging walking and biking with significantly shorter, safer routes to campus. The bridge will span 465 linear feet and will feature a 10-foot-wide bike lane and a separate 6-foot-wide pedestrian walkway. The northwest end of the bridge will tie into the existing sidewalk at Medical Center Drive, providing direct connectivity to the new Gilman Drive Bridge.

    Westfield Residential Tower, Private Project

    Construction continues on the 23-story residential tower at Nobel Drive and Genesee Avenue. The last major concrete pour occurred in October and street work surrounding the tower will occur periodically over the next few months.

    Street work continues in the area surrounding the Westfield residential tower.
    Let us know what projects you’re most interested in receiving information about via email at info@ShiftSanDiego.com or phone at 1-844-SHIFT-SD.

    Visit ShiftSanDiego.com to sign up for email alerts about major construction updates and access the map of all the ongoing projects.

    The Shift San Diego team



    Oct 30, 2018
    Shift Monthly Construction Update - September
    by Shift San Diego | Sep 28, 2018

    Shift Program Monthly Construction Update

    We’re excited to share updates on some of the major projects that will bring access to new community amenities and resources in your neighborhood. Please note, construction schedules are subject to change. To confirm the below and other work schedules, contact Shift at 844-SHIFT-SD.

    CONSTRUCTION TERM HIGHLIGHT: STAGING AREA

     

    Staging Area: A construction staging area is a physical location used for the storage of construction related equipment and materials such as vehicles and stockpiles. For example, a crane to lift the girders is being staged in the median along Genesee Ave.

    Mid-Coast TrolleyConstruction Along Genesee Avenue, SANDAG Project

    Pre-cast girders, which are large beams used to support the Trolley bridge, are being placed on top of the columns to build the viaduct, the structure that will carry the Trolley along its alignment. Work for the Mid-Coast Trolley girders along Genesee Avenue began this month and will continue through the fall for the remaining intersections at La Jolla Village Drive, Esplanade Court, the UTC Transit Center and Eastgate Mall.

    Due to the complexity of the work, closures can be postponed at any time without notice. View closure updates atKeepSanDiegomMoving.com/MidCoastTrolley,Facebook.com/MidCoastTrolley, or@ShiftSanDiegoon Twitter.

    Mid-Coast Trolley construction map and timeline as of September 2018.

    Lane Reduction on La Jolla Village Drive, SANDAG Project

    Crews began restriping lanes on La Jolla Village Drive in early September between Costa Verde Boulevard and Executive Way, reducing the number of east and westbound lanes. This work is required in order to complete the Trolley bridge construction. The lane reduction will be in place 24 hours a day and is anticipated to be in place through mid-to late 2019.

    Gilman Drive Bridge, SANDAG Project

    Falsework, the temporary support structures used during construction, for the Gilman Drive bridge is tentatively planned for complete removal by the end of October 2018. This effort will reveal the bridge’s form for the first time since work began in November 2016. Visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/GilmanDrive to learn more about the Gilman Drive bridge project.

    View of the Gilman Drive Bridge Deck prior to the final concrete pour.

    Gilman Drive Public Sewer Improvements, City of San Diego/UC San Diego Project

    The most recent phase of the project, Phase 4, began this month on Gilman Drive between Via La Jolla Drive and the middle driveway of the La Jolla Terrace community south of Evening Way. K-rail was been placed to separate the work equipment storage area from commuting traffic. Phase 5 construction moving northward is anticipated to start mid- to late October, and continued impacts are expected until November 2018.

    Gilman Drive Public Sewer Improvement construction map and timeline as of September 2018.

    Torrey Pines Slope Stabilization Project, City of San Diego Project

    The Torrey Pines Slope Stabilization Project is nearing completion. The final work includes connection of the newly installed water line to the existing main line on Torrey Pines Road, installation of soil nails into the retaining wall, the repaving and striping on Torrey Pines Road, and stamped asphalt work on the median. Some of this work will require lane closures; however, there will be available lanes in each direction during the project.

    Let us know what projects you’re most interested in receiving information about via email at info@ShiftSanDiego.com or phone at 1-844-SHIFT-SD.

    Visit ShiftSanDiego.com to sign up for email alerts about major construction updates and access the map of all the ongoing projects.

    The Shift San Diego team



    Sep 28, 2018
    Shift Monthly Construction Update - August
    by Shift San Diego | Aug 29, 2018

    Shift Program Monthly Construction Update

    We’re excited to share updates on some of the major projects that will bring access to new community amenities and resources in your neighborhood. Please note, construction schedules are subject to change. To confirm the below and other work schedules, contact Shift at 1-844-SHIFT-SD.

    CONSTRUCTION TERM HIGHLIGHT:GIRDERS

     

    GIRDER:A girder is a large iron or steel beam or compound structure used for building bridges and the framework of large buildings. Pre-cast girders, which are large beams used to support the Trolley bridge, will be placed on top of the columns to build the viaduct, the bridge structure that will carry the Trolley along its alignment. The girders along the Mid-Coast Trolley project are being installed from August to October.

    Mid-Coast Trolley Construction Along Genesee Avenue, SANDAG Project

    Column work for the section of the viaduct from La Jolla Village Drive to Regents Road on Genesee Avenue is complete. Work for the installation of girders will begin in late August and will tentatively continue through October 2018. This construction will require closures of east and westbound traffic at six intersections, including Regents Road, Eastgate Mall, Executive Drive, La Jolla Village Drive, Esplanade Court and the UTC Transit Center.

    For more information, including upcoming traffic plans and detours, visit: KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/MidCoast.

    Mid-Coast Trolley La Jolla Colony Drive Cut-and-Cover Tunnel, SANDAG Project

    Work on the cut-and-cover tunnel at La Jolla Colony is anticipated to begin in late-September or early October. The traffic configuration on La Jolla Colony Drive for work on the cut-and-cover tunnel has been narrowed to two lanes, one lane in each direction. This configuration is in preparation for work to begin creating the tunnel and to allow for grading for the installation of a wall next to the tunnel. Follow @ShiftSanDiego on Twitter for the latest project updates and closure notices. For more information on the project, visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/MidCoast.

    Gilman Drive Bridge, SANDAG Project

    The final pour of the bridge deck, the top surface of the bridge span, for the keyway as well as the side barriers has been completed. For the next phase of this project, falsework will be removed this month and will require additional temporary closures. Visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com to learn more about the Gilman Drive Bridge project and sign up for the Shift newsletter at ShiftSanDiego.com to receive the most recent notices.

    View of the Gilman Drive Bridge Deck prior to the final concrete pour.

    North Torrey Pines Living & Learning, UC San Diego Project

    Contractors are using the Torrey Pines Gilderport for parking during work hours from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through the remainder of the summer months. Signs will indicate the reserved parking for project personnel. Employees will be shuttled from the Gliderport to the project site. Commuters should anticipate potential delays in these areas and can plan an alternative route by visiting the interactive construction map at ShiftSanDiego.com.

    Let us know what projects you’re most interested in receiving information about via email at info@ShiftSanDiego.com or phone at 1-844-SHIFT-SD.

    Visit ShiftSanDiego.com to sign up for email alerts about major construction updates and access the map of all the ongoing projects.

    The Shift San Diego team



    Aug 29, 2018
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