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View Poll Results: US Metro with the worst traffic (excluding L.A.)?
Chicago 35 12.73%
Dallas-Ft.Worth 8 2.91%
Philadelphia 6 2.18%
Houston 26 9.45%
Miami 6 2.18%
Washington D.C. 84 30.55%
Atlanta 49 17.82%
Detroit 1 0.36%
Boston 13 4.73%
San Francisco 15 5.45%
Phoenix 9 3.27%
Seattle 13 4.73%
Minneapolis-St.Paul 2 0.73%
San Diego 4 1.45%
Denver 4 1.45%
Voters: 275. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-19-2008, 12:49 PM
 
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Jesse,

Manhattan is overcrowded but can you even fathom NY without the subway? It would be chaos. 6 million people ride the subway everyday!
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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This is according to Forbes. The top two worst freeways/interchanges are in LA. However, if you read the article, the slideshow of worst interchanges show the 101/405 interchange, but this article was written over a year ago and since then the interchange has been fixed and now runs quite smoothly I would say.

1. Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Calif.
2. San Francisco, Oakland, Calif.
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Atlanta
5. Houston
6. Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Tex.
7. Chicago.
8. Detroit
9. Riverside, San Bernardino, Calif.
9. Orlando, Fla.
11. San Jose, Calif.
12. San Diego



Article:Worst Cities For Traffic - Forbes.com




Not really sure how this article works because LA is not near the top.
Gridlock alert! 5 cities with the worst traffic - Christopher Elliott - MSNBC.com

America's Worst Traffic Traps - Forbes.com





So...anyone notice anything odd about which freeways are constantly packed. Not that most are in LA or anything, but I thought the 10 in LA was bad. I didn't know it was bad everywhere else too. It causes traffic problems in LA, Phoenix, Houston, and I'm sure others.
That MSNBC link is bunk. Minneapolis and Seattle made the top 5 on that one. Neither city was even on the list you posted. Neither one is even close to DC, LA, NYC, or Chicago for bad traffic.

From my experience DC is right up there among the worst. I live 30 minutes from work, yet, it often takes 90 minutes to 120 minutes to get there. I once sat in traffic there for 6 hours (normal 30 minutes) due to a bridge jumper. Last month, during bad weather, people were still stuck in traffic until after midnight. I could go on and on.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Chicago or San Francisco Bay Area
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Old 03-19-2008, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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i've been to seattle a lot and really don't find the traffic all that bad - it's way better than atlanta, houston and DC, IMHO. we were downtown once and headed back on 405 towards Everett, in the rain (duh) at 5pm on a Friday. We were warned "it's gonna take FOREVAH!". Took about 35 minutes. There are a lot of slowdowns, but I've never seen complete and utter gridlock like in the other places I've mentioned.
Are you sure you were in Seattle? Just yesterday I was in dt Seattle and drove to Everett at 4:30pm and it took well over an hour. I finally got to dt Everett around 5:45. No accidents along the way either. Everyone here always complains about the traffic but I've seen far worse especially in the D.C. area. I find D.C.'s traffic to be the absolute worst.
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:35 PM
 
Location: South of Houston, NYC
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Austin, TX...

If you've never witnessed it, consider yourself lucky.
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:44 PM
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Location: East Central Phoenix
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I like a 70 minute drive from Denver, and I've driven through it at many times of the day, it's horror.
If anyplace on that list is worse than Denver I'd say Houston and Phoenix
Phoenix's traffic is getting bad during almost all hours of the day & night. It used to be rush hour lasted one hour ... but now it seems to start at 5 AM and doesn't stop until noon. Then the evening rush hour begins about 2 PM and doesn't subside until after 8 PM. Friday's rush hour begins on Thursday night!

Add to that all the crashes that are common on the streets & freeways. If the accident is serious enough, Arizona DPS has been known to close down entire sections of freeways. That's really fun trying to exit and find a detour on the surface streets! Even minor crashes can back up the flow for miles. A lot of that has to do with all the rubbernecking ... that is, people slowing down to gawk at the incident.
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Another thing that makes Phoenix's traffic so bad is all the transplants that constantly move here with all their peculiar driving habits. You have the slowpokes in the left lanes on the freeways who won't move over, the tailgaters in the slow lane, the red light runners, and the inattentive who cause most of the crashes.
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Even with LA, NYC traffic may be worse.
The definition of 'traffic' is malleable. Traffic can be caused by an area not being able to physically support the sheer number of vehicles. The Los Angeles metro area contains more cars, light trucks, heavy trucks and motorcycles than any other by far- about 16 million in an area of 20 million people. I don't know how many vehicles NY has, but I'm sure it isn't anywhere near that much as most don't drive. Those that do are blocked by the compact design of the city, so it's not so much 'traffic' as it is a simple matter of physical congestion.
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:09 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Are you sure you were in Seattle? Just yesterday I was in dt Seattle and drove to Everett at 4:30pm and it took well over an hour. I finally got to dt Everett around 5:45. No accidents along the way either. Everyone here always complains about the traffic but I've seen far worse especially in the D.C. area. I find D.C.'s traffic to be the absolute worst.
I does seem to me that Seattle would be a natural contender for worst traffic since it, Like Boston and San Fran, is basically a penninsula that you have to either cross bridges to get out of or take a couple of highways that are being used by a large portion of the city to get in or out of town.
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:14 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Jesse,

Manhattan is overcrowded but can you even fathom NY without the subway? It would be chaos. 6 million people ride the subway everyday!
I've driven in New York before during rush hour. And I have to say although it was not a pleasant experience it wasn't really any worse than being caught on the Interstate or in Downtown Atlanta during rush hour.

New York is a very compact city and you don't have to drive too far to get to most places and also a very high percentage of New Yorkers use the subway which means fewer automobiles on the road.

I myself also used the subway system on many occasions while there and probably didn't notice alot of bad traffic because of that.
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Phoenix's traffic is getting bad during almost all hours of the day & night. It used to be rush hour lasted one hour ... but now it seems to start at 5 AM and doesn't stop until noon. Then the evening rush hour begins about 2 PM and doesn't subside until after 8 PM. Friday's rush hour begins on Thursday night!

Add to that all the crashes that are common on the streets & freeways. If the accident is serious enough, Arizona DPS has been known to close down entire sections of freeways. That's really fun trying to exit and find a detour on the surface streets! Even minor crashes can back up the flow for miles. A lot of that has to do with all the rubbernecking ... that is, people slowing down to gawk at the incident.
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Another thing that makes Phoenix's traffic so bad is all the transplants that constantly move here with all their peculiar driving habits. You have the slowpokes in the left lanes on the freeways who won't move over, the tailgaters in the slow lane, the red light runners, and the inattentive who cause most of the crashes.
Never been to Phoenix but one thing that strikes me about it looking at maps is that although it has half the population of metro Atlanta it seems to have just as many miles of highway. It also is laid out in a grid pattern which is better for moving traffic than the semi grid system of Atlanta. So, unless those Highways have far fewer lanes than the ones in Atlanta I can't imagine the traffic being as bad.
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