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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.

    Shift at Work
    by Shift San Diego | Sep 26, 2017

    Various traffic controls and closures are scheduled for the next several weeks for a variety of projects in the University City/La Jolla area with major construction and closures planned on Interstate 5 over the next several months. The Shift team is helping to coordinate these neighboring efforts into a simple way to consolidate closure information.

    Different project teams are making efforts to utilize the same traffic controls in place when it makes sense. For example, the overnight closures this week on northbound and southbound Interstate 5 are being utilized by the I-5/Genesee Interchange and the Gilman Bridge project teams. Additionally, Caltrans can also schedule maintenance crews during these same closures.

    For the latest news and updates, make sure to check the Notices section of the Shift website and bookmark it as a favorite page. Here you will find Shift notices as well as individual project notices that were recently issued and distributed. You can also sign up for text alerts about closures by texting ShiftSD to 797979.

    If you are having trouble navigating your commute through construction, there are a variety of transportation resources on Shift to help you find a ride to share or even compare different ways to get to work or school through the TripPlanner


    Sep 26, 2017
    Plan Ahead: Southbound I-5 and I-805 Closures on September 23-25
    by Shift San Diego | Sep 19, 2017

    As a courtesy to those travelling in and out of San Ysidro Port of Entry (POE), SANDAG is sharing this important road closure information from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

    For 57 hours, starting Saturday, September 23, at 3:00 a.m. and continuing through 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25, all southbound lanes of Interstate 5 (I-5) and Interstate 805 (I-805) will be closed to traffic south of the State Route 905 (SR 905) as part of an ongoing improvement project by GSA. Southbound traffic on these corridors will be detoured to SR 905; access will be provided for businesses and residents via local roads. 

    There will be no southbound vehicular access into Mexico through the San Ysidro POE during this time. All southbound traffic will be diverted to the Otay Mesa POE. At the San Ysidro POE, cross-border access will be available for northbound vehicles, as well as northbound and southbound

    pedestrians. Travelers should expect longer than usual wait times at both ports of entry. People who commute to work are encouraged to carpool, vanpool, or use public transit during the closure. Ride together. Save together. Reduce congestion.

    The 57-hour freeway closure is necessary for GSA to realign a portion of the I-5 and to construct new vehicle POE lanes. The closure also will allow crews to safely complete other necessary roadwork and critical tasks as part of improvements to the San Ysidro POE.

    View freeway and local road detours on an interactive map at For more information about the closure or the GSA project, go to

    Additionally, access real-time traffic info through any of these resources: 511SD, Caltrans QuickMap, WAZE, and Google Maps.


    Sep 19, 2017
    A No Stress Commute
    by Shift San Diego | Aug 31, 2017

    Maria has been a devoted bus rider for almost two years. Not only does she take three to four buses every day from North Park to Scripps Green Hospital in Torrey Pines, she also uses the bus to travel to her other appointments throughout San Diego County. She is considering giving up her car because she loves the multiple benefits of taking the bus such as reducing stress, staying healthy by walking more, and replacing her driving commute with productive time on the bus. Maria encourages all her friends and colleagues to try taking the bus too. As another incentive, Scripps Health encourages their employees to take a sustainable way to work by reimbursing a percentage of their monthly transit costs.

    Interested in trying transit but not sure how to start? Use the TripPlanner to compare alternative commutes. Enter your origin and destination in the TripPlanner, press the “Let`s Go” button, and see which routes work best for you.

    Are you an employer who is interested in developing a commuter benefits program or need some additional support for promoting transportation solutions? Read more about how we can help you through the iCommute Employer Services Program.

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    Aug 31, 2017
    Side by Side We Make a Shift Together
    by Shift San Diego | Aug 04, 2017

    SANDAG along with its partners, the City of San Diego, University of California San Diego, Metropolitan Transit System and Caltrans launched the expansion of Shift San Diego this week. An employer in the University City/Golden Triangle area, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, also spoke about how Shift has been an important resource for their employees and how they commute to work. Shift has been designed to provide residents, businesses and commuters impacted by construction with information and resources to minimize disruption, confusion and potential traffic challenges. With an anticipated 50 projects over the next 5 years in the University City /Golden Triangle community, the program will also serve as a unique hub for coordination and regular communication between the many construction teams involved with each major project. As an important component in reducing traffic congestion, Shift also continues to be a resource for transportation solutions. Check out the event coverage:

    ‘San Diego’s Go-To Transportation Solution’: City launches Shift platform eyeing 50 Golden Triangle/La Jolla construction projects (La Jolla Light)

    New Website Helps San Diegans Navigate Through UC Construction (Times of San Diego)

     Website to help navigate University City construction projects (FOX 5) 

    50 Construction Projects Planned in Golden Triangle (NBC 7)

    As Golden Triangle construction intensifies, commuters get high-tech help (ABC 10)

    SANDAG prepares for traffic increases due to nearly 50 construction projects in ‘Golden Circle’ (KUSI)

    New Program’s Aim: Brace Region for Golden Triangle Construction Impacts (San Diego Business Journal)

    A new resource for residents navigating UTC construction projects -- Shift San Diego (Nextdoor)

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    Aug 04, 2017
    Take the Wheel: Savings that You Can Achieve
    by Shift San Diego | Jul 21, 2017

    Going to work is something we all do everyday. The commute becomes part of our daily routine. Because it is so mundane, it is good to take some time to reflect on the work commute.

    You Can Learn About Your Car Costs

    Have you ever thought about how much money you spend using your car? Here is an estimate from AAA on the average cost per mile for a vehicle. If you drive 15,000 miles in a year, you are spending approximately $8,565.


    Costs per mile includes: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license, registration and taxes, depreciation, and finance charges.

    Source: AAA Exchange

    You Can Save with Carpooling

    Find a friend, colleague or co-worker through iCommute. You can share a ride to work and could potentially find major savings. Carpooling is an easy way to instantly reduce your commuting costs by up to 50 percent or more. You could potentially cut the cost of gas in half and reduce wear and tear on your vehicle because you will be driving less. That will mean lower maintenance costs for your vehicle and, if you reduce your vehicle's mileage significantly, less depreciation of your vehicle's value. Savings can vary based on several factors, such as how often you carpool, the number of people in the carpool, commute distance, and the type of vehicle. Keep in mind that this table does not include parking fees. You can calculate your own commute here and see how much you could save through a carpool, vanpool or taking transit.  For more information about the total costs of driving, click here.

    You Are the Traffic Solution

    Still not convinced to try carpooling? Think about the bigger picture. Next time you are stuck in rush hour traffic or taking a detour around a construction project, look around. There are a lot of people driving by themselves. What if we could reduce the number of cars on the road by half if we all carpooled? How would the road or freeway look like now? Now think about this quote from James McGrath, “You are not stuck in traffic. You are traffic.” You have the power to do something. Take the wheel and try a different way of commuting and carpool.

    You Get More Than Just Monetary Benefits

    Bonus – Less cars on the road helps keep the air clean, which helps combat climate change.  It also reduces demand for more roadway infrastructure and therefore preserves and maintains more open and green space in the community.

    Give carpooling a try. It`s good for your wallet, well-being, and the environment. For more information about carpooling and how to get started, click here.

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    Jul 21, 2017
    A Commute that Wins!
    by Shift San Diego | Jun 26, 2017

    Congratulations to Sean, Director of Global Engagement & Advancement for UC San Diego. He was the winning recipient of May`s iCommute monthly prize package from SportsRX, which included a pair of sunglasses, a $50 gift certificate, and a water bottle. Simply by logging his alternative commute trips in his iCommute account, he was automatically entered in the monthly prize drawing. Sean shares his commute experience to encourage others to give it a try and shift the way people get to work.

    “My first day commuting to UC San Diego took 20 minutes to get to campus and over two hours to get home. Coming from Boston and using the subway system to commute before that, I wasn’t sure if a two-hour return commute was the exception or the rule. I used my first night of work to research commuting options and found out that the COASTER was the most convenient form of public transit for me. Now I take it daily from Encinitas and it is only a 35-minute commute each way.

    Riding the COASTER gives me a way to decompress on the way home from work. It also helped me with my studies when I was completing my part-time MBA allowing me to study and do work while commuting. And, I save money. It is actually cheaper than driving. I have to pay for parking, so the COASTER is cheaper when you consider the parking fees and at least two tanks of gas per month. The benefits of a COASTER commute make me feel like a winner already; the prize is just an added-bonus.”

    Feeling inspired and curious to find a new way to get to work? Take it from Sean and try a different commute. Use the TripPlanner to compare different transportation modes from Point A to Point B and figure out what might be best for you. Make sure to log your trips at least 8 times per month in TripTracker to be automatically entered in the iCommute monthly prize drawing. There are different prizes every month.  In June iCommute will be raffling two $100 gift cards for Amtrak and in July the prizes will be two $100 gift cards for Alaska Airlines. 



    Jun 26, 2017
    Bike to Work Day: A `Wheel` Good Time Commuting to Work with the Community
    by Shift San Diego | Jun 07, 2017

    More than 10,500 visits at 100 pit stops throughout San Diego County were recorded on Bike to Work Day, May 18. Eleven of those pit stops were located in or adjacent to the Golden Triangle community. Pit stops offered fun breaks for both new and experienced bike riders to rest and pick up a FREE t-shirt, snacks, and encouragement. Thanks to these neighbors for hosting a pit stop:

    • Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Biocom, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals: 10931 North Torrey Pines Road
    • Aroma Housewares Co.: 6557 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego 92126
    • Competitor Group: Park & Ride under the 56 & 5 freeway merge
    • Cycle Quest: Located in the Sorrento Valley Coaster Station
    • Illumina: 5200 Illumina Way
    • Leidos and JLL: Corner of Campus Point Dr. and Campus Point Court


    • LPL Financial: 4707 Executive Dr.
    • Qualcomm: Northwest corner of Lusk Blvd. and Pacific Center Blvd. 

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    • Scripps Memorial Hospital: On Voigt Dr. (near 9850 Genesee Ave.)
    • Surfrider Foundation San Diego: 9399 La Jolla Shores Dr.
    • UC San Diego: 9500 Gillman Dr. (Town Square Plaza at University Center)


    For more event photos, click here.

    Keep up the way you travel to work and GO by BIKE. Click on these links for more information on GO by BIKE, riding tips, and bike safety and security.

    Jun 07, 2017
    Biking revelations: Save time and feel like a kid again!
    by Shift San Diego | May 15, 2017

    Take it from Jim. His bike commute to work is 16 miles from Carlsbad to Torrey Pines. As an avid biker for 43 years and with 18 years of experience working in the retail bike industry, he is an advocate for biking and is helping others to join in the experience. Jim was the featured speaker in the second annual Bike 101 Seminar hosted by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Biocom, and his employer – Vertex Pharmaceuticals.  He said he with started off biking one day a week to work and then began riding more, increasing to 3 days a week. He now commutes by bike up to 200 days a year, traveling over 6,000 miles! He advised that if you are just starting out, you may want to consider a longer, easier route if the shorter route might be more difficult.

    He also shares his perspective about the benefits of biking. His comparison shows getting your workout done by biking while also shaving a bit of time from your commute routine.


    In addition to Jim, Pedego Electric Bikes representative Sean also presented at the seminar and gave information to the attendees about electric bikes. Sean comments, “An electric bike is just like a regular bike – only better! You can pedal normally (or not) & get assistance up to 20 MPH. It feels like being a kid again!”

    So tune up your bike and get ready to ride. Bike to Work Day is coming up on Thursday, May 18. Register here to be eligible for a free t-shirt at any of the 100 pit stops throughout the region. We would love to hear from you about your bike commute experience and learn about the shift you made in your commute. Email us your story at


    May 15, 2017
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