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Construction in Houston:
"Traffic congestion remains severe in Houston and the nation despite roadbuilding, improved transit and other coping tactics, says a report released today."



Houston's "rush hour" has expanded from 6.4 to 7.8 hours a day, according to Texas A&M's Texas Transportation Institute.

May 9, 2005, 9:38AM

When it comes to traffic jams,
Houston ranks No. 5 in U.S.
By RAD SALLEE
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3173216

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Los Angeles 93 hours
San Francisco 72 hours
Washington, D.C. 69 hours
Atlanta 67 hours
Houston 63 hours
Dallas 60 hours
Chicago 58 hours
Detroit 57 hours
Boston 51 hours
Miami 51 hours
Phoenix 49 hours
Philadelphia 38 hours
 

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I'm a longtime lurker. I registered just to respond to this thread. :D

1. It's logical that Houston, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami have the worst traffic jams in the south. They're the south's largest metros after all.

2. There was one major U.S. city missing from the list of worst traffic jams -- New York City. That's very telling since NYC has the largest population AND the largest number of people traveling through the city, yet they don't rank as high in the traffic dept. I believe they are proof that urbanization can work well. That supporting mass transit for its citizens as well as commuters has aleviated some of the problems we see in every other city. Of course the city design plays a part, but if we encourage our cities to be more like NYC we could easily reduce the amount of traffic congestion accross the country. My question is how do we encourage people (Especially people in the south) who are married to their cars? Building public transport and highrises won't help if we can't get people to use them. What can be done to convince people to use them???
 

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I find it interesting that on that list, the cities with the fewest amount of rail miles ( Houston, Phoenix, Detroit) aren't placed higher.
 

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Velvetj said:
I find it interesting that on that list, the cities with the fewest amount of rail miles ( Houston, Phoenix, Detroit) aren't placed higher.
I'm not an expert. However, I think one of the contributing factors in Detroit is fewer people commute into the city to work. Houston and Phoenix have large Latino populations who have a tendency to work close to home. I'm sure those aren't the only reasons, but my guess is that's part of the reason.
 

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SkyHigh529 said:
Houston is in the top 5, I'd say that is pretty high! And Phoenix isn't as big as the other metros listed at the top.
My point was, considering the fact that the cities above Houston have a significant amount of more rail miles than Houston, Phoenix, and Detroit, some would expect them to be higher. I actually think Houston's number 5 place isn't too bad considering it currently only has 7.5 miles of rail and is such a large city.
 

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Louisville 42 hours a year
Indianapolis 38 hours a year
Cincinnati 30 hours a year
Austin,TX 51 hours a year

According to Louisville's Fox41 News
 

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Here's another interesting slant on driving in the south...

Most expensive cities for driving
Metro Area Annual cost Gas price
1. Atlanta $4,573 $2.200
2. Birmingham, Ala. $4,448 $2.192
3. Nashville-Davidson, Tenn. $4,418 $2.205
4. Orlando, Fla. $4,382 $2.27
5. Jacksonville, Fla. $4,202 $2.281
6. Pensacola. Fla.-Ala. $4,181 $2.281
7. Indianapolis, Ind. $4,151 $2.335
8. San Francisco-Oakland $4,149 $2.699
9. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. $4,117 $2.252
10. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana $4,091 $2.610

(Based on a family of two daily commuters, gas prices 4/11/05.)

*Also interesting is that Birmingham appears to win the title of most sprawlacious. Average daily driving mileage for a person in Birmingham is 65 miles. Atlanta is 2nd highest at 62.9 miles.
 
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