But, apparently some of the recent construction has paid off in terms of making my commute easier. You see, a particular road was closed and torn up for so long due to light rail construction that now no one uses it.
Which means I get this glorious road mostly to myself. The stoplights are almost always go-lights, and if they aren't, there's so little traffic that I don't feel bad just letting off the gas and rolling slowly until the light is green again. If I tried that a block over, I'd get run over by an angry coffee-drinker on his/her cell phone. There are also several sections of road that are visually interesting enough, to me, that I get a bit of a charge riding through them.
All told, it takes me maybe ten minutes longer to get home than it would if I were using the HOV lane on the freeway. Frankly, for this much ease, I'll deal with ten extra minutes.
And I wouldn't have found this route if I hadn't been trying to exercise the Vespas. So, one more reason scooters are awesome: you're likely to find low-traffic back routes you might not have otherwise sought out.
Which is pretty cool when it works.