Miami Has Seventh Worst Traffic in America

Categories: Road Rage

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Sky blue. Sun sets. Miami traffic bad. It hardly seems like news, but somehow it's comforting to be reminded periodically that traffic in Miami really is among the worst in America and we're not just imagining it.

Turns out those TomTom GPS devices do more than help people get from point A to B. They also capture real-life travel times and help the company understand traffic congestion based on hard data. The firm has released its annual TomTom Traffic Index this week [PDF here], and, unsurprisingly, Miami has some of the worst traffic in America. It's ranked seventh worst in the United States and 14th in all of the North and South American countries TomTom covers.

See also: Miami Ranked 11th Worst Traffic City in America

The report uses the TomTom congestion level. That means driving time increased by traffic compared to the time it would take to make the same trip when traffic is free-flowing.

Miami's congestion level is 24 percent, meaning traffic congestion makes your average trip 24 percent longer than it would be without congestion.

During the morning rush hour, it reaches an average peak of 42 percent. During the evening commute, it reaches a peak of 50 percent.

Traffic, meanwhile, is usually more congested on nonhighways (32 percent) than it is on highways (just 12 percent).

The data comes from 2013 and includes traffic data from Broward County as well.

TomTom found that drivers should be expected to be delayed by 27 minutes for each hour in traffic during peak times. On average, Miami drivers with a 30-minute commute will be delayed in traffic for about 71 hours each year.

Miamians experience the worst traffic Wednesday morning, while the lightest traffic congestion is Friday.

In the afternoon, it's a different story. Traffic is lightest Monday afternoon and heaviest Friday afternoon.

In case you're wondering, the most congested day last year occurred Friday, February 15, 2013. It happened to be a rainy day when a series of early-morning crashes occurred on the Dolphin Expressway. All westbound lanes of 836 were shut down throughout the morning.

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Claudia Heidelberger
Claudia Heidelberger

Miami, you have it easy. Trust me. Signed, Miami native stuck in the northeast.

Juan Garzon
Juan Garzon

yea right traffic will eventually get worse

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

like that idiot who was doing 30mph on the Turnpike, last night while checking on his instagram?! Great...

EzƦă VɅǹ
EzƦă VɅǹ

That's why I text and Facebook while I drive, I keeps my mind off the traffic and other drivers.

Brenda Stewart
Brenda Stewart

It is not so much the amount of traffic that is the problem, it is the quality of the drivers that make for a horrendous experience. The worse ever!

Iris Garcia
Iris Garcia

Worse traffic and worse drivers. Jeeeez

Daniel Herrera
Daniel Herrera

I think the Beltway in DC, MD & VA is far worse!!!

James Hancock
James Hancock

Doral in Miami is the worst place on earth!!!!!!!

Sean O'Hanlon
Sean O'Hanlon

Miami has the worst traffic in the US? Clearly you haven't been to Atlanta in the past 10 years.

Larry Yanez
Larry Yanez

Fuck that! We are definitely in first place

David Duque
David Duque

Sebastian Giraldo Castaño makes sense

Joshua Beene
Joshua Beene

When you die and go to Hell, you're forced to drive in rush hour Miami traffic with no AC for eternity!!!

Hayden Philbert
Hayden Philbert

Idiots on the road who drive slow won't move over to let the traffic flow. The slow drivers would speed up if one signals to move infront then they go back to the snail pace. Miami is 3rd world quality driving.

Karina Trovato
Karina Trovato

You mean it's not 1st, 2nd...or 3rd?!!!! Could've fooled me! lol >_

Dan Passaro
Dan Passaro

'Only 7th??' was my very first thought as well. If ******ers would travel in not-the-passing lane it would be far more tolerable

Allen Rodriguez
Allen Rodriguez

I love how in South Florida, when you use your turning signals to go to the lane next to you, it's basically a cue for the drivers in that lane to speed the fuck up and make sure you don't get in their lane. Fucking assholes. I hate South FL drivers. Don't even get me started on these retards who text on their phone when they're actually driving and almost getting into accidents with me. I can go on and on...

Charo O'Neil
Charo O'Neil

Yes so glad I moved out and just visit now

Fulanito Perez
Fulanito Perez

Only 7? Miami traffic is the reason I am afraid to carry. There are idiots out there that need to be removed from the gene pool.

Carlos Zevallos
Carlos Zevallos

I've never seen worse drivers. They drive parallel to each other on the left and middle lanes. They cruise in your blind spot. They even block the intersections.

odiscokid
odiscokid

What Miami needs in desperation is Railways (Trains) to help people get to their jobs and also Improve the Bus system as far as having more routes like we have here in Jersey, That way the traffic gets relieved. You can keep building and improving highways all you want like they have done in California but the traffic will keep getting worse because the  Car Industries will simply keep selling  more and more cars and you will end up in the same loop.

David Lizama
David Lizama

its the assholes in the left lane that do not move for faster traffic, the idiots that speed up instead of letting you merge, and the asshats that do not know what a turn signal is

Eddie Suarez
Eddie Suarez

I would like to see the same data from Google Maps and Apple Maps because does anyone know anyone who uses TomTom?

Ivan Rodriguez Fierro
Ivan Rodriguez Fierro

I lived in LA seven years and in Miami three years. I can say Miami is worse because drivers are the ruddest Ive ever seen. Like its part of the culture to be rude. Its praised and valued and speeding is very common, people pass lanes dangerously in desperation. Theres just no traffic control. In LA people just cant speed. Its impossible. Both are horrible but Miami is worse.

Jeremy Kozyak
Jeremy Kozyak

I haven't read more than the title and description but thank you. Thank You.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................once those who are not paying anything for housing currently living in a foreclosed residence and are finally evicted AND the price of gas goes above $4 per gallon AND the tolls go to $12 each way during peak times THERE WILL BE A DRASTIC DECREASE in vehicles on the road

since MANY if not MOST of those currently clogging the roadway are benefiting from not paying a monthly mortgage payment, some for years and years now, they have discresionary funds available for late model and new cars BUT once they have to start paying monthly housing costs they may be able to last a few more months but sooner than later they will have their cars repo-ed

and that will fix the problem = period

B Uddha Blazin
B Uddha Blazin

In North America, bc in South America bogota is the worst!!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@HarryTheHandyman @frankd4


..........ever WONDER how that hispanic cleaning lady is driving an E class Mercedes ?  or that valet parking attendant is living in a luxury-high rise condo unit ? or HOW so many commuters making $20,ooo a year are driving around in $80,ooo vehicles (with their kids ALL driving in fancy cars also) ?


a significant portion of the population here in SO FLA is currently living in foreclosed properties THEY JUST haven't been evicted now for years (the bankruptcy court record so far is SEVEN YEARS and that debtor had THREE leased vehicles in his name and his "occupation" was waiter ? ! ?)


when you stop paying your mortgage then you have quite a bit of discresionary funds to piss away on C A R S 


used to be drivers down here would simply not pay auto insurance and syphon gas from their neighbors cars and express toll lanes didn't exist (or they would simply run through the tolls without paying before cameras) - but NOT paying a mortgage made all that unnecessary


GO SEE how many bankruptcy DEBTORs are claiming a homestead on their house WITHOUT paying a mortgage for YEARS (typically three to five years) AND expecting a "modification" - AND all the while LEASING TWO OR THREE LUXURY CARS


it amount to thousand of people - go look at the court records !

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............sorry i forgot how shallow the typically alcohol-fueled sun-burnt brain-dead FLORIDIAN is

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