Acres of mud and debris continue to make travel in and out of the Santa Barbara area a big challenge. So commuters are relying on some old-fashioned transportation alternates.
It usually takes Mitchell Guzman about 40 minutes to get from Ventura to his job in Montecito. But today, with the area’s main commuter lifeline -- the 101 Freeway -- and other major roads damaged and swamped with muck, it will take more than twice that by boat.
Two whale watching companies, Island Packers Cruises in Ventura and Condor Express in Santa Barbara, are running special commuter ferries between the Ventura and Santa Barbara harbors at a cost of $32 per trip.
“I didn’t go to work at all last week,” explains Guzman.
It’s his first day back at work as a full-time in-home caregiver. His wife, also a caregiver, has been looking after their elderly client in Montecito since the storm and landslides struck. She’ll rotate out when Guzman arrives.