Friday, February 8, 2013
New report ranks D.C. as No. 1 on its "Planning Time Index."
Planning to attend an important event at 7 p.m.? You'd better leave at 4 p.m., according to a report released by Texas A&M's Transportation Institute. While many people know that the Washington, DC, area ranks near or at the top of the list for traffic congestion, a new Urban Mobility Report paints an even more dire portrait of the challenges of getting around in the Nation's Capital. Researchers from Texas A&M have devised a method to determine the amount of extra time needed to arrive on time for "higher priority events" such as social commitments, flight departures, medical appointments and more. The Planning Time Index (PTI) takes into account an area's traffic congestion, and quantifies the increasing unpredictability of vehicle …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The American Automobile Association estimates that 882,700 Marylanders will travel 50 miles or more Thanksgiving weekend.
Hitting the road this Thanksgiving? You're not the only one. The American Automobile Association estimates that 882,700 Marylanders will travel 50 miles or more Thanksgiving weekend—less than a half-percent increase from last year. Over 90 percent of travelers will travel by automobile. And what do they plan to do after reaching their destination? You guessed it—visiting friends and family, eating and shopping, according to the AAA. This could add congestion to the major roadways serving Prince George's County area residents, namely Interstate 95 and Interstate 695. Check this article for traffic updates or follow the map on the Patch Commute page. The Maryland State Highway Administration urges drivers to call 511 or visit md511.org …
Friday, August 10, 2012
A study confirms that driving home on Fridays takes longer than commutes during the rest of the week.
Friday, August 10, 2012
A recent study confirms what Washingtonians have long known to be true—Friday afternoon commutes cause more headaches than your average drive home. A study conducted by an outside traffic research firm for Governing.com shows that Friday afternoons are the worst time to drive in nearly three-quarters of metro areas nationally, including Washington, DC. DC ranked as the ninth worst metro area for Friday afternoon delays of the 100 cities included in the data, according to the report. The average Friday afternoon delay in the region clocked in at 7.47 minutes for a 30-minute commute. Monday through Thursday, the data shows the average delay to be about 5.94 minutes for a half-hour trip. Washington ranked just below Portland, OR, at eighth …