Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Tue Nov 23rd 2010 at 3:32pm UTC

Damn That (Holiday) Traffic Jam

It’s that time of the year again: More than 40 million Americans are expected to be traveling on the roads this Wednesday before Thanksgiving, according to AAAthe busiest travel day of the year.

Hope you’re not traveling on one of the roads listed below, from a ranking of the roads with the “slowest typical rush hour” in the United States and Canada. It’s based on data from NAVTEQ, the digital traffic and location data company (via TechCrunch/GreenTech). New York City tops the list, but Montreal is a close second. Philly, L.A., Boston, Dallas, and Toronto make the list.

Freeways with the Slowest Typical Rush Hour

1. New York City – Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (northbound)

2. New York City – Washington Bridge (eastbound)

3. Montreal – AUT-15 (eastbound)

4. Philadelphia – US-202 (southbound)

5. Montreal – RTE-138 (westbound)

6. New York City – Washington Bridge (westbound)

7. Los Angeles – 1-10 (eastbound)

8. Boston – US-1 (northbound)

9. Dallas – TX-366 (eastbound)

10. Toronto – Don Valley Parkway (northbound)

While we’re at it, here’s another list of the cities with the worst rush hour traffic overall:

Cities with the Worst Rush Hours

1. New York

2. Washington, D.C.

3. San Francisco

4. Los Angeles

5. Philadelphia

6. Chicago

7. Dallas – Ft. Worth

8. Atlanta

9. Houston

10. Denver


3 Responses to “Damn That (Holiday) Traffic Jam”

  1. Michael Wells Says:

    Huh, not just one pattern. Split between older, tightly packed cities like NYC, SF, LA & Philly and sprawling cartowns like LA, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston & Denver. Of course SF is landlocked and hilly and NYC is also landlocked (if we mean Manhattan), so that adds to their problems.

    I wonder if the different kinds of cities have different kinds of bad rush hours? If dense cities have more congestion on streets and sprawl cities have it on freeways?

  2. Michael Wells Says:

    A NY Times article today describes LA’s push to build mass transit.

    One of my daughters went to graduate school in LA. When I worried about her safety with wild California drivers on the freeways, she said “Dad, they’re mostly going under 20 miles an hour.”

  3. Raymond Says:

    Having lived in Toronto for the past 12 years, I’m surprised that the 401 is not near the top of the list. Just ask any motorist and they will tell you what a nighmare the 401 or DVP can be during rush hour. It is getting to the point where you don’t even feel like going out on a Saturday afternoon because you expect to be stuck in traffic!(401 on a Saturday afternoon is bumper to bumper!)

    We need to stop relying so much on our vehicles and make it easier for people to travel using public transit, walking, or cycling or car-pooling. Building more highways is NOT the answer.

    I am all for high speed rail. It’s long overdue. Take Europe and China as examples of how it can work well.