SAN LUIS OBISPO -- There's been a dramatic shift in traffic volumes on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County.
The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) compiled transportation data for the last decade and researchers have noticed some interesting trends.
The most obvious trend is a dramatic increase in traffic in northern San Luis Obispo County.
Over the last decade, the number of vehicles traveling the highway each day in the Paso Robles area has jumped from about 40,000 to 70,000.
Southern San Luis Obispo County has also seen an increase in traffic, although not as profound, but in the middle -- the San Luis Obispo area -- there's been a decrease.
"The data is showing that land use has a significant impact," said Ronald DeCarli, SLOCOG Executive Director. "You're getting more full service communities for shopping, entertainment and for jobs and housing in one area, it does have a reduction in the commute traffic going back and forth."
As SLOCOG studies the long term trends, the agency is also working to identify problem areas.
SLOCOG is currently undertaking a major study of Highway 101, which will begin in July, to prioritize improvements.