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Miami Among the Nation's Worst Cities For Congested Traffic

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Here's something to read on your smartphone while sucking exhaust and staring at the miles of immobile cars ahead of you on the Dolphin this morning: A new report out of Texas A&M University ranks Miami among the 15 worst cities in America for traffic congestion.

Miami ranked 11th on this year's report, which computed that the average driver lost about 47 hours last year trying to ignore the Skrillex blasting out of the stalled Honda next to them on the Palmetto.


The A&M study is widely considered the best measure of rage-inducing traffic congestion, and includes a number of interesting stats, including the number of hours lost in traffic and a metric that measures how much longer what should be a half-hour drive will actually take. 

In the first category, the average time lost to traffic congestion, Miami came in at 11th, just behind Seattle. The nation's worst is Washington D.C., where commuters gave up a ridiculous 67 hours to traffic jams. (People: Just take the metro.)

via Texas A&M University
A chart of the worst gridlock in America.

In two other measures -- the total travel delay and the fuel cost of all those hours blasting your A/C -- Miami ranked even higher, coming in fifth behind Washington, Chicago, L.A., and New York (in ascending order.)

Not surprisingly, Miami also ranked fifth in the amount of CO2 pollution its cars are pumping into the atmosphere while sitting in gridlock.

The study's authors say traffic congestion doesn't just lead to murderous feelings and a far too regular audience for Diane Rehm. It also has devastating economic effects.

"As bad as traffic jams are, it's even more frustrating that you can't depend on traffic jams being consistent from day to day," Bill Eisele, a study author, tells the Miami Herald. "This unreliable travel is costly for commuters and truck drivers moving goods."

Read the full report for yourself right here. You've probably got an hour or too to burn anyway on the way to work.

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James G. Camp
James G. Camp

37 miles in 45 minutes is my best commute, the worst was that same 37 miles in 1:45 hours. It all goes wrong in Doral & Hialeah/Miami Lakes on the Palmetto Expressway. Golden Glades can be interesting too. I've seen the road warning sign indicate 2 miles in 24-31 minutes at the big bend. spastic tailgaters are the problem from what I see, that and the motorist that stops for no reason at all. Leave enough room and you'll never need to hit your brakes on the highway. But follow too closely and your brake lights give you away every time as the spastic stop and go driver. The stress that creates because everytime you use your brakes, everybody behind you does too, reacting to your spastic behavior.

ezra
ezra

Um am I missing something here.  In the study, of the 15 metro areas in the study 10 were WORSE than Miami.  And I've lived in a few of them and I agree Miami isn't that bad.  Take what you hate about Miami traffic and double or triple your commute time and you have the rest of the US.  

Luis Pagan
Luis Pagan

Yvonne: This is not NY where one could live without a car & rely solely on MTA to get around. Transit system here sucks....I told all my friends from up north that if they plan on moving down here...a car is a must.

Terry St Angelo
Terry St Angelo

Btw I'm sick and tired of the traffic specially couse I live on South Beach and I'm a prisoner of traffic

Yvonne Santiuste
Yvonne Santiuste

That's why I sold my car and use mass trans!!! GO GREEN!! It's easy to get around in this city and I'm finally getting my cc balances closer to $0 with the money I'm saving!!!

Dicky Bobby Perez
Dicky Bobby Perez

thats because for the last 15 years there has not been a fucking road without a barricades and construction cranes and bs! perfect example would be where the 836&826 intersection. fuck yhese crooked ass politicians it shouldn't take 15 years to build these roads. i bet the romans did it in less. (sorry you hit on a touchy subject w/ me)

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