Study: Triangle traffic not too bad

Posted February 25, 2009

— Traffic congestion in the Triangle isn't as bad as most area drivers make it out to be, a new study says.

Inrix, a Washington, D.C.-based research firm, used cell phone signals and information from GPS-equipped vehicles to determine the traffic congestion rankings for the nation's 100 most-populated metropolitan areas.

The Raleigh-Cary metro area ranks 49th in population, but 51st in terms of congestion, the study says.

Meanwhile, Charlotte ranks 35th in population and 27th in traffic congestion, while the Greensboro-High Point area is 72nd in population and 96th in congestion.

Los Angeles is rated the worst metro area in the U.S. for traffic, followed by New York, Chicago, Washington and Dallas-Fort Worth.

The study also found that 99 of the 100 metro areas experienced less congestion than they had in 2007. The firm cited "turbulent fuel prices and a struggling economy" for decreased traffic.


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  • killerkestrel Feb 26, 2009

    Have a traffic circle near where I live. Folks would go the wrong way, and end up going down the wrong side of a divided highway. Luckly, hardly anyone drives on it, and locals have learned how to drive it.

  • james27613 Feb 26, 2009

    our roads and highways are in great shape, compared to the roads and interstates in nj, ny (long island) and the northeast.

    traffic is no problem either, compared to the above and
    chicago, boston or california.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Feb 26, 2009

    "Those that think the traffic is bad here are probably the natives.

    is there something wrong with being a native?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 25, 2009

    Funded by Mayor Meeker and the Meekerville City Council to show that we don't need money spent on roads so that Mayor Meeker can have his train.

  • think01 Feb 25, 2009

    mjjunk...then multiply that 13 hours by the hundreds of thousands of drivers on the road. An extra 10,000,000 hours of cars on the road? That extra 8mph sounds good to me too.

  • mjjunk Feb 25, 2009

    "Then drive the same route , staying in the right lane and driving the 60mph limit.
    You will save about 90 seconds in the left lane." - freddie cadetti 72

    Assuming that is your daily commute, that would mean that over a year you would have spent 13 more hours in the car than if you had driven faster. (1.5 minutes * 2 trips per day * 260.7 working days per year / 60 min per hour = 13 hours!). I'm still content on driving the extra 8 mph.

  • PaulRevere Feb 25, 2009

    Story quickly buried because it doesn't fit the choo-choo train mantra.

  • ghimmy51 Feb 25, 2009

    From the information in the story there is nothing scientific about the study. We are given no times. Cell phone usage statistics isn't compared. The point of roads is to get the public from where they are to where they need to be. This is good for the economy ... whether for shopping or work. I've changed company start times before attempting to cut frequent 1 to 1.5 hour delays out of the commute from Raleigh to Durham. That's unacceptable.

  • think01 Feb 25, 2009

    Raleigh's traffic situation could be vastly improved if drivers would adopt some radical new driving techniques. For instance, when the light turns green...GO! I know it sounds crazy, but it works. Believe it or not, the tenth car in line at the light should actually be able to get through the light in one cycle. Another radical concept...the left lane is for passing. If you're not passing the cars on your right, you are contributing to congestion. Speed up or move over. Some more crazy ideas...1) when you're getting onto a highway, use the on-ramp to accelerate to highway speed, and THEN merge. Yes, I said a-c-c-e-l-e-r-a-t-e. I know, it's a scary, foreign concept to many people, but it is your friend. 2) When you're on the highway and you want to slow down 2mph, DON'T hit the brakes (causing every car in line to hit their brakes). Instead, just ease off the gas pedal a bit. As a bonus, you won't have to replace your brakes as often and you'll get better mileage too.

  • ThisIsMyName Feb 25, 2009

    Those that think the traffic is bad here are probably the natives.