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Old 03-30-2011, 06:45 AM
 
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GPS Data Shows America's Worst Commutes
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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We've slipped to fourth place! Really?? Cool! Woo hoo, nothing like some happy news to start off the day!
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:54 AM
 
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It's been like that for many years. Every year when the AAA's survey comes out, the local print and broadcast news media repeat their front-page headlining stories showing that the DC metro area has the second-worst traffic congestion in the nation.

I will say that the nearly-completed Springfield mixing bowl project, and the new wider Woodrow Wilson Bridge, have both greatly improved traffic at two critical locations, the last couple of years. I'm not looking forward, however, to the 19,400 additional BRAC staff coming to Fort Belvoir - Springfield, this coming summer.

Far various reasons, too many people locally choose, or feel they are forced, to live unreasonably far from their jobsites, just in order to find affordable housing, safety, and good schools, in this highly competitive local environment. And because there are too few quality jobs in the Eastern suburbs (P.G. County), most people there have to commute to the Western suburbs or else to D.C.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:55 AM
 
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What?? Wer'e just 4th?? Hold on a minute there, I think a recount is in order here
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I've heard that eastbound traffic on 66 is slowly improving but it's still a royal pain at rush hour.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:04 AM
 
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Well, the analysis is apparently limited to I-95 southbound in the afternoon, so I guess the rest of us can breathe easy. Whew!
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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I've heard that eastbound traffic on 66 is slowly improving but it's still a royal pain at rush hour.
Ha! I say that 66 is trouble in both directions. It really stinks to "reverse commute" in the afternoons on 66 or rather 666. I've always said that transportation improvements never addresses suburb to suburb commuters (like myself). Then you add in the fact that a new bridge crossing the Potomac hasn't been built in over 40 years to address the suburb to city commuters.
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Old 03-30-2011, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I don't know. Traffic seems lighter than it used to be.
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