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The worst gridlock in the US is right here in Boston
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It’s probably crossed your mind while grinding through another commute into downtown, or in one of those horizon-bending backups on Routes 128 or 3: Boston must have the worst rush-hour traffic in the country. Now you can back that up with numbers.

Gridlock during the peak of the morning and evening commutes was worse in Boston in 2018 than in any other major metropolitan area, even Los Angeles with its infamous traffic, according to a report from Inrix, a transportation data firm that publishes annual rankings of congestion around the world.

“We like beating LA, but not necessarily in this category,” said James Rooney, president of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, adding that officials must consider new transportation projects to solve the problem. “It demands attention.”

Inrix has been ranking areas on congestion for more than a decade, and for this year’s report the company used a new metric that resulted in Boston faring much worse than in previous years.

Previously it measured traffic throughout the entire day, and in 2017 LA earned the notorious honor of having the worst, while Boston came in seventh. But for 2018, Inrix looked at how much longer it took to commute during the worst peak periods than when roads are unclogged.

Essentially, Inrix measured the time penalty for driving during rush hour, and there Boston topped the list of US cities: Commuters who drove at the worst peak hour conditions would have spent 164 hours in traffic that they would have avoided under regular conditions. On this metric, Los Angeles ranked sixth, behind Washington, D.C., Seattle, Chicago, and New York.

“Los Angeles experiences high levels of congestion throughout the day, but its peak severity is less than Boston,” the Inrix report said.

Inrix collects traffic data from sensors in phones, vehicles, and GPS systems and sells that to trucking fleets, government agencies, and other customers such as billboard operators. That data are also the basis of its annual ranking of 200 metro regions around the world. In ranking cities around the world, Inrix listed cities both by economic impact and hours lost. On the economic scale, Boston comes in eighth, behind cities in Europe and Latin America, with Moscow topping the list. Bogota had the most hours lost to peak period congestion: 272 in 2018.


Analyst Trevor Reed said the Inrix ranking shows how quickly traffic deteriorates during rush hour. A smaller, older, and more compact region such as Boston, he said, simply just wasn’t built to handle a sudden influx of cars.

“When you have older street networks like Boston, they clog much faster than in a city that was built around the automobile,” Reed said. “It doesn’t lend itself well to moving vehicles.”

Inrix did find an ever-so-slight improvement in Boston traffic from 2017, when it took drivers 182 more hours to commute during rush hour. Even so, that was again the worst in the country.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/0...NXo9sjz5HU
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Chuckle
I've been to Boston and drove around for a week

To be honest, most of you guys have no idea what rush hour is really like
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario_Highway_401
"The part of Highway 401 that passes through Toronto is North America's busiest highway, and one of the widest."

In my stupid city our highway ranks the worst in North America for traffic (or Traffuck as I call it)
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And this is just a few years AFTER the Big Dig was completed, the most expensive public works project in the history of the USA (and possibly the world) that took 15 years to complete, and which was supposed to relieve this congestion. Critics who were silenced early on, said it would not work, that in a few years time this project, which was a MASSIVE TRIBUTE TO CORRUPTION, would prove inadequate and traffic would again be as bad, or worse, than before. They were right, of course. I'm a native Bostonian so I watched this project with horror and interest, especially to see how criticism and oversight were SILENCED by literally paying off anyone who might have reason to complain. I've seen this tactic used since, but not on as large a scale. Just about anyone who complained or had a problem with the Big Dig was.....bought off. And now we see that those few stalwart critics were indeed right about its inherent bad design, corruption and inadequacy, but yet....who has ever been prosecuted for this? No one that I know of. I actually worked on a small portion of the project and I can personally say, the incompetence alone, was spectacular.
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(02-12-2019, 03:07 PM)unclelunatic Wrote: Chuckle
I've been to Boston and drove around for a week

To be honest, most of you guys have no idea what rush hour is really like
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario_Highway_401
"The part of Highway 401 that passes through Toronto is North America's busiest highway, and one of the widest."

In my stupid city our highway ranks the worst in North America for traffic (or Traffuck as I call it)

Last time I was there was close to 30 years ago and I had to drive from there to Newburyport. I was damned glad to get out of there alive.
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Man, I hand it to you...I couldn't deal with that day in and day out.
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A little nuke would clear up the traffic congestion.
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(02-12-2019, 09:43 PM)WNC Wrote:
(02-12-2019, 03:07 PM)unclelunatic Wrote: Chuckle
I've been to Boston and drove around for a week

To be honest, most of you guys have no idea what rush hour is really like
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario_Highway_401
"The part of Highway 401 that passes through Toronto is North America's busiest highway, and one of the widest."

In my stupid city our highway ranks the worst in North America for traffic (or Traffuck as I call it)

Last time I was there was close to 30 years ago and I had to drive from there to Newburyport. I was damned glad to get out of there alive.

My biggest negative about Boston’s roads were how if you miss a turn it could take you 15-20min to get back the way you wanted to go
Boston is a pretty great city though, at least the parts I saw.

Although the subway system wasn’t ‘world class’, but it got the job done

I mistakenly made an Airbnb reservation in Chelsea. Man, that was one sketchy area!
I heard someone get shot on Tuesday and drove by their funeral on Friday... I’ve never heard a gunshot while laying in bed before in my life Hiding3
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