IF you DO NOT live in any part of California, Arizona, Texas (Houston and the Big D), or Florida; you have NO right to complain about bad traffic! You want bad traffic, come here and I'll show you BAD TRAFFIC! It took me 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to work today, I live about 30 miles from my job! I don't mind driving in traffic but that gives you no right to complain about bad traffic if you live in any area that I didn't mention. I don't consider NYC to have bad traffic because less than 30% of the people living there actually drive!
You haven't experienced traffic until you've been in Chicago traffic. Where I live it gets really bad because pretty much everyone coming home from work in Chicago goes over the bridge through my town. Last week I sat in 50 minutes of traffic in a 2.5 mile stretch.
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Re: Bad Traffic...
Try I-285 in Atlanta.... It's like entering a space time continuum when you get on an on ramp... the human race actualy evolves beyond you in the amount of time you sit on that fricken road.
Miami, it's a lil different there.... 90% of the people on the roadways there learned how to drive in some other third world country... so a red light to them means 3 more cars can traverse through an intersection.... after 5 cars its like rolling bones... you may or may not make it. Traffic patterns were designed by witch doctors from Hati.... There is never ending road construction on the Palmeto highway... and then there is the famouse "Glades Interchange"... you have a fifty-fifty of making it through that ****er un-scathed. It is the only Freeway interchange I have ever seen that has a traffic light in the middle of it.
There are statistics for the "worst" places for traffic.
I just left one of them, the San Francisco area, I bumped down the list one to the DC area.
I think LA is the worst, and I have seen bad LA traffic and bad SF traffic.
Really bad. I can't even describe how bad.
That is why I live 4 miles from where I work.
A tank of gas will last me for well over 2 weeks, a lot more if I ride my motorcycle to work.
I feel your pain but I would agree, if you have never been to San Francisco or LA you think you know what bad is.... but you don't.
I didn't think NYC was that bad. I have never driven in Chicago.
Its getting bad every where.. I live 10 miles away from work. Since they started working on the expressway. I now have a 15 mile trip it takes me 30-40 mins to get to work. Now that school is out it takes me 15-20 mins.. Now, I go though 5 school zones to get to work. Oh and if you get suck behind a school bus for get it..
But once they get the expressway fixed there adding a 3rd lane and giving us new speed pass lanes. I will be able to cut out 3 school zones and miss the school buses from hell! I will make it to work in 15 mins again. I will be happy!
As with many "tourist types" I am sure the perception of traffic is based on when you are there and when you are driving.
I can see how Manhattan would be a total nightmare if you had to go somewhere.
San Francisco is the same way, it depends on when you go. Most of the time during the day it's not too bad but when rush hour hits, it's terrible.
The real problem there is that you have to use I-80 to go anywhere because everything is inside a big basin.
The roads are routed terribly. You have 5 bridges and one road, it sucks.
As a mild example, my wife and I worked in opposite directions. We lived on the hill in the East bay above Richmond. My commute was 18 miles and it took me 25 minutes each way because in the morning I drove away from the city and then towards it in the evening... a "reverse commute".
My wife had to go with traffic each way since she went to Cal Berkeley.
She had 8 miles to go and it usually took her 40 minutes.
Also she had nowhere to park when she got there. I think it was like $250 a semester for a parking spot in one of the garages.
Anyway, I would never really say that I have seen the worst traffic ever because I am sure I haven't.
I hope I never do and I feel for those that get stuck in it.
Happy driving everyone.