We all complain about having to sit in traffic, and who can blame us!?! Think of all of the things you could be doing other than sitting in traffic; the list is endless. Plus, it seems when you have someplace to be and you're crawling along on I-5 at 7 mph, the aggravation and frustration can be overwhelming.
This begs the question; just how bad IS Seattle's traffic? Is it worse than LA, or NY? It doesn't take a genius to tell you that Seattle's traffic is not worse than either place, but sometimes it sure feels like it. According to a recent study done by INRIX, Seattle's congestion index is at 17.6, meaning that at peak travel times, aka, rush hour, it will take you 17.6% more time to make the drive, than if there was no traffic. That doesn't sound too bad, does it? Unless, of course, you're sitting in traffic, then it can seem like a lifetime.
Let's put this into perspective; if your commute is normally 45 minutes, during an average rush hour, you're looking at about a 53 minute drive....8 minutes.....seems trivial, doesn't it? Granted you could have made it all the way through 8 minute abs in that time.....Of course, there are those days when we deal with a torturous commute, brought on by weather, accidents, stalls and general mayhem, but, keep in mind, this study looks at the average.
Now, how do we rank amongst other major cities in the country? That answer is easy, we are 8th, behind LA, Honolulu, San Francisco, Austin, TX, New York, Bridgeport, CN and San Jose. The other Washington and Boston round out the top 10, and many of those cities have a huge netowrk of public transportation to help ease their commutes, imagine if those didn't exist! If you would like to read the entire article on the study, HERE it is! Enjoy and drive safely!