The Los Angeles Times looks today at the hellacious daily commute from Tijuana into San Diego.

Reporter Richard Marosi writes:

The Tijuana to San Diego early morning drive is perhaps the world’s longest short commute. For many people, it is the central fact in their day-to-day lives, around which everything else has to be juggled.

Take the case of Alberto Estrada, 46, a construction worker. He goes to sleep at home at 10 p.m. and wakes at 1:30 a.m. His wife makes him a burrito lunch and he’s out the door. By 2 a.m. he’s parked in the ocean of cars, sleeping away the next two hours with his stockinged feet up on the dashboard.

After he crosses the border, Estrada catches another hour of sleep at a parking lot, then goes to work in National City, a San Diego suburb. Total distance: 20 miles. Total commute time: five hours.


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