Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Did You Know that the D.C. Area is One of the Worst Congested Areas?

Duh, right?

According to the Washington Business Journal, Kirkland, Wash.-based Inrix, which provides traffic information to customers such as MapQuest and Microsoft Corp., ranked the nation’s 100 most-congested cities, naming Los Angeles No. 1. The city of angels was followed by New York, Chicago, D.C., Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Seattle and Atlanta.

The report says that the worst peak traffic comes between 5-6 p.m. on Fridays. The Inrix National Traffic Scorecard also found interesting patterns evolving out of U.S. traffic congestion:

  • Worst traffic day: Friday
  • Worst weekday commute: Friday p.m.
  • Worst commuting hour: Friday 5-6 p.m.
  • Worst morning commute: Wednesday a.m.
  • Best weekday for traffic: Monday
  • Best weekday commute: Friday a.m.
  • Best weekday commuting hour: Friday 6-7 a.m.
  • Best weekday afternoon: Monday p.m.

"The D.C. area also lays claim to one of the 100 worst traffic bottlenecks: the Interstate 395 approach to the 14th Street Bridge. The quarter-mile northbound stretch of I-395 at the George Washington Memorial Parkway interchange in Arlington County ranked No. 84, with an average speed of 10.5 miles per hour when backed up — which is an average of 43 hours a week. Areas in the Bronx, N.Y., took the top two spots on the bottleneck list."

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