Two men were killed in a Cornelia Ida, West Cost Demerara accident.Dead are Romeo Henry of Windsor Forest, WCD and Doesh Sukhnandan of La Jalousie, WCD.More details in Thursday January 25th edition of the Guyana Times.
There once was a time when hitting the road at 5:30a.m. for work meant Brigitte Paulicivic practically had the San Diego Freeway to herself. Leaving for her Woodland Hills job before the crack of dawn, the Santa Monica woman thought she had discovered a great little secret about commuting and avoiding traffic tie-ups. Not anymore. The breezy, early morning drive Paulicivic has made for five years is now crowded with other vehicles. And the increase in pre-dawn commutes is making broad changes in both social and economic arenas as businesses scramble to open earlier to accommodate motorists, and commuters rearrange myriad pieces of their lives to cope with the traffic maze. The increase in pre-dawn commutes shows more people working in step with different time zones – from the East Coast to Asia, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. It also reflects the growing number of industries in the area – including entertainment, finance and manufacturing – that do not follow mainstream work hours. “You have more people working in different ways,” Kyser said. “It’s not the traditional 9-5 anymore. L.A. is multidimensional.” For those who do work traditional hours, getting behind the wheel before 6a.m. is the only way to get to the office on time from homes in the hinterlands. And commuting students at California State University, Long Beach also have discovered the luxury of leaving home a little bleary-eyed to beat the rush of traffic and score coveted parking spots on campus. After getting to school, some sleep or study in their cars. “They are willing to leave quite early to avoid the traffic and find a spot, so they shift their schedules,” said Seiji Steimetz, an economics professor at the university. “It shows traffic on roads is getting worse.” To avoid the mess altogether, Janet and Randy Ballin try to avoid flying out of Los Angeles International Airport about 9a.m. – since it would mean leaving their Canyon Country home by 4:30a.m. and possibly still arriving late. But one recent trip to Greece for the couple required an early-morning flight from LAX. To avoid the stress of driving to the airport in the morning, the Ballins instead stayed in a hotel near the airport the night before. They awoke refreshed and relaxed, with plenty of time for breakfast. “I hate the extra expenses at the hotel, but it gives you a much more relaxed morning,” Janet Ballin said. “It’s unbelievable what we do to deal with traffic.” The increasingly early-morning commutes are symptomatic of motorists across the county coping with growing traffic congestion and inadequate road improvements, said Steve Finnegan, government affairs manager for the Automobile Club of Southern California. Finnegan said roads have not kept up with the region’s population growth. The county’s population grew to 9.9million in 2006 – up 4.5percent from 2000. And that means more cars vying for room on the roads. “It’s an attempt to avoid congestion, and people are changing their schedules to avoid that,” Finnegan said. “But there’s only so far that they can push.” Tim Lomax, research engineer for the Texas Transportation Institute, agrees there’s a limit to just how early people will get up for work and how far they’re willing to commute. And as the strain grows, employers could find themselves having to offer more telecommuting options or work-at-home positions, Lomax said. “That may make living far from work endurable,” Lomax said. “Otherwise, I can’t see that trend continuing.” Transportation for the region, however, will find some relief in the future as more mass transit reshapes the area. By late 2009, a six-mile extension of the Gold Line into East Los Angeles is expected to debut. And in 2010, the Exposition Line should be completed, creating an 8.5-mile connection from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City. Plus, construction is expected to start within the next five years by Caltrans on more than $3billion in widening projects and new car-pool lanes for choked-up freeways crisscrossing Los Angeles County. But all that won’t offset the entire problem. “You will still have people filling up the peak period again,” Steimetz said. “As our economy grows, more people will use the roads.” firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“It’s telling about how miserable everyone is in their regular rush hour if they’re willing to get up that early,” said the 34- year-old, who starts work early to be on East Coast hours for her publicity job. And it’s happening more and more. One in seven Los Angeles County commuters – about 4.2million – is out the door now before 6a.m., according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s up 14 percent from seven years ago, when just one in eight drivers – 3.7million – hit the road at the same hour.