The Worst Car Commutes in America

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9 Responses to “The Worst Car Commutes in America”

  • Cullen Carter says:

    I hope they were talking to me with the “Filled with Pride” car-ad on page three. I was curious though. If anybody was curious enough click on it what was the ad about?

  • Alan Barnard says:


    I make a point to never click on car ads… :-)


  • Stephen Hodges says:

    Ack! As a working city planner, I’m quite aware of these situations (and moved away from D.C. for precisely these reasons, among others), but it is sobering to see photos of them. They are particularly poignant this morning, having ridden in to work 2.5 miles on my bicycle through quiet, mostly tree-lined residential neighborhoods.

    I just can’t imagine how people put up with these commutes. I’d go postal..

  • Neil Cadsawan says:

    As someone who has lived in Atlanta, GA and now lives in Portland, OR, I really can’t believe that Portland is on that list and Atlanta isn’t anywhere.

  • Bob Hellrich-Dawson says:

    And look at the cost estimates to “fix” the problems. $2 billion for the Hampton Roads area of Va. How many miles of commuter rail or metro could that build? Here in DC, as with other places, people seem happy to spend money on roads, but are loathe to spend it on public transit which would carry way more people. Sigh.

  • Jamin Cleveland says:

    @Cullen Carter
    I didn’t click on it, but if you click the “Read the Full List Here” link at the end of the slide show, you can see it’s a Toyota ad. Personally, I found it hilariously ironic.

    @Neil Cadsawan
    I too question the accuracy of these rankings. I’m sure everyone feels like they’re in the worst traffic ever while their in it, but I used to live right off I-78, and that section did indeed get bad, however, to have the 78 on this list and not have any section of I-10 through LA, or the 101, or the 5, or the 405? Preposterous.

  • Pete Pesce says:

    Well, I live near ” #7, Connecticut Turnpike (1-95 Northbound), Bridgeport” and I can tell you the picture they have is not of that road. Interstate 95 is a 6 to 8 lane highway, but they show some anonymous single lane local road with traffic lights.
    Jeesh, it’s not like it’s HARD to get a picture of that stretch with traffic on it!

    However, I do feel better now knowing that there’s nowhere I could go in America to avoid traffic, so I might as well stay where I am and ride my bike!

  • John Lascurettes says:

    Curious that the commenter on the Portland I-5 corridor said that there was an uptick in traffic because of the reinvigorated economy when other sources say that the number of vehicles on that stretch of road have been dropping year over year (by about 7,000 vehicles per day for five years).


  • Supp Suppinger says:

    @ Steven: if You are a city planner, You should try to read somethin from Hermann Knoflacher. He is a professor at the technical university of Vienna, department for traffic planning, and nearly a legend! He realised great projects in Austria with traffic calming and giving pedestrians back public space. He published many books. Some english publications from him can be found here:
    Also try to read something from Ivan Illich!!

    @ Alan: Sometimes during the last years during the so called crisis You wrote, that there were more people commuting on trains and with bikes. As oil and gas prices are increasing again, how is it developing recently?
    Well, I even read a publication, that the housing crisis in the US was inducted because of high gas prices. The people had to continue commuting to work, when gas prices rose, it suddenly becam to expensive and they aere no longer able to pay back their mortgages. So this was what caused the crisis. Well, at least, it´s a thesis.

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