For some reason, the amount of traffic on the westside of Los Angeles seems to peak every year in November. There has been a noticeable increase in traffic in the last few days. Last night and tonight, it took 90 minutes to travel by bus from Santa Monica to UCLA during rush hour! It normally takes half that amount of time or less. Still UCLA is only 4 miles from where I work in Santa Monica. If there was a train or dedicated bus lane, it would only take like 15 minutes.
What is special about November in Los Angeles when it comes to traffic? Does traffic peak in November in other major cities? Does it have to do with the fact that it gets dark much earlier now? Are less people on vacation?
I can't relate to people that are willing to trade hours of their time sitting in traffic for larger houses in the suburbs. If I can help it, I am never going to take a job that requires me to commute more than 5 miles from my house. Luckily I'm in the software field where jobs are currently plentiful and it is possible to be so picky.