Car Vs. Plane From LA To San Francisco

Two LA Times reporters race from Los Angeles to San Francisco. One drives, the other takes a plane.

In the pre-9/11 era, a one-hour flight from LA to San Francisco (or SF to LA) was much faster than the typical 6-hour, non-stop drive. Today, it's almost a toss-up: "Who hasn't wondered if it's worth the time and trouble to fly -- especially now that highway speed limits have been raised from 55 mph to 70 mph?... We decided to put the two travel methods to the test. Jennifer Oldham, who covers regional aviation for the Los Angeles Times, would fly on a commuter flight from LAX, and Sharon Bernstein, who writes about ground transportation, would drive up the I-5."

The the plane beats the car (as you might expect), but only by 50 minutes: "They both made it for lunch at noon. But they were both dead tired."

Thanks to Chris Steins

Full Story: A Not-So-Quick Getaway Test by Plane and Car

Comments

Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $209
Wood necklace with city map

City Necklaces

These sweet pendants are engraved on a cedar charm with a mini map of selected cities. The perfect gift for friends and family or yourself!
$28.00
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $16.95 a month