Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Calgary
    Age
    46
    Posts
    8,732
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0

    World's Worst Commutes

    http://autos.sympatico.ca/did-you-kn...tes-revealed/1

    I posted this due to some of the comments posted in the Adele rants thread.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Traveling again
    Posts
    4,729
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    76025
    Beijing China: One notoriously bad jam in August of 2010 stretched more than 100 km and lasted for weeks, leading to the development of a whole mini-economy with vendors selling goods to stranded drivers at astronomical prices.


    That's why I like Regina Saskatchewan - the two times I've been there, summer and winter, it seemed their rush hour lasted about 10 minutes.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Top Secret FSU Witness Protection Location
    Age
    31
    Posts
    20,719
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    34207
    I am convinced Baton Rouge, LA is ranked #16
    -Brian
    "Michelle would never be caught with sausage grease staining her Vera Wang." - rfisher

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    3,268
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    3493
    Something is seriously wrong here when NYC and the world's longest parking lot, the LIE, don't make the list.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    1,015
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    368
    I'm shocked L.A. wasn't at least top 5. Being stuck in that gridlock was torture. I can't even begin to imagine how much worse those other commutes are if L.A. is ranked only at 15.

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Age
    28
    Posts
    4,641
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Yeah, I'm puzzled why LA is #14. The 405 freeway...takes 4 or 5 hours to get where you want to go!

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    2,121
    vCash
    1554
    Rep Power
    17003
    We're trying to get our employer to let us telework more, but the computer people don't like it because of all of the security issues.

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Posts
    12,996
    vCash
    450
    Rep Power
    0
    I knew Toronto would be there (#12). The 401 and DVP are nightmares.

    And the 407 is even getting bad during rush hour.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Traveling again
    Posts
    4,729
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    76025
    Quote Originally Posted by Norlite View Post
    I knew Toronto would be there (#12). The 401 and DVP are nightmares.

    And the 407 is even getting bad during rush hour.
    I love the 407, but I've never really used it during rush hour. I actually made a u-turn on the 401 once, past Kingston, when people started getting out of their cars and it looked to be a couple of hours. I grew up on the QEW, but only drive it at night now. It was ruined by the 403.

  10. #10
    engaged to dupa
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Heaven for climate, Hell for company.
    Posts
    18,917
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    1084
    I'm surprised Atlanta isn't on that list.
    3539 and counting.

    Slightly Wounding Banana list cont: MacMadame.

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Calgary
    Age
    46
    Posts
    8,732
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Norlite View Post
    I knew Toronto would be there (#12). The 401 and DVP are nightmares.

    And the 407 is even getting bad during rush hour.
    Not sure about the last two, but I drove on the 401 once, and it wasn't bad at all.

  12. #12
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Posts
    659
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    I agree with comment #1 in that link. Here, a 10 minutes trip (clear road) takes about 45 mins average (normal traffic). "Jammed" would be around 2 hours (rain, flood, & accidents not included)

  13. #13
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Age
    34
    Posts
    7,487
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Norlite View Post
    I knew Toronto would be there (#12). The 401 and DVP are nightmares.

    And the 407 is even getting bad during rush hour.
    Ah Toronto, the only place where I was in a traffic jam at midnight.

    KatieC, I'm curious why the 403 ruined the QEW. Since I live just over the border, I've done a good deal of driving in the GTA, but I don't know the history. All I remember is before they built the 407, and finally some of the work on the QEW in the Niagara region has been finished

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Northern Colorado
    Age
    56
    Posts
    680
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    19
    I remember reading a short story back in Jr Hi (or so). It was about how the future dealt with traffic jams (and the overpopulation that contributed to it). If a jam got bad enough, the government would come in and basically pave over the jam of cars (people and all), and just create a new road over the top of the existing one!


    ETA: I found the story! It was "The Great Moveway Jam." You can read it online in PDF form here: http://krewedukat.com/GreatMoveWayJa...oveway_jam.htm

    Hmmm....interesting. It says it was published in Omni magazine in 1979. I do remember subscribing to Omni. But I could have sworn I read the story in school, and we discussed the story in class. IIRC, it was in a book of short stories we used for that particular class. I graduated in HS 1977, so I guess not. I guess it could have been a college class, but my mental image of reading that story is from one of my HS classrooms.
    Last edited by Flatfoote; 05-30-2011 at 08:35 PM.

  15. #15
    Re-registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Nowhere in particular
    Posts
    5,849
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    1561
    I have a 45 minute commute to work. Look at the awful traffic I have to put up with.

    (Sometimes I meet up to three! cars on this road.)
    ‎"You emerge victorious from the maze you've been travelling in." Oct 21,2012- Best Fortune Cookie Ever!

  16. #16

    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    In and around.
    Posts
    10,629
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    3495
    Quote Originally Posted by KatieC View Post
    I love the 407, but I've never really used it during rush hour. I actually made a u-turn on the 401 once, past Kingston, when people started getting out of their cars and it looked to be a couple of hours. I grew up on the QEW, but only drive it at night now. It was ruined by the 403.
    We used to have to take the QEW/Gardner to get most places, and it was a NIGHTMARE. Especially last summer when one lane was closed each way for Jameson Bridge reconstruction. Plus, nobody understands the concept of "passing lane" on that highway. I swear I've gotten to Niagara faster staying in the right lane while the far left dawdles at 95.

    Toronto is such a mess. I've come into the city during rush hour, generally against traffic, and still run into some epic snarls. So many little accidents that effectively turn a regular street into gridlock. And that's without even taking the Don Valley Parkinglot. Yet our mayor wants to end the "war on the car." Because it's lack of people in vehicles that's making traffic so awful.

  17. #17
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Age
    31
    Posts
    2,640
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    I am surprised that a number of those cities have really good public transit systems, yet they still have terrible traffic problems. I remember being in Berlin thinking that if only my city in the US had this good a subway system our traffic wouldn't be so bad. Guess not.

  18. #18
    drinky typo pbp, closet hugger
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    c'est genifique!
    Posts
    29,978
    vCash
    325
    Rep Power
    38422
    that tally really doesn't say much about the criteria, particularly for the cities ranked lower than #10. The caption for one says "this city has a new mayor determined to stop the war on cars, but that will come at the expense of public transit and so traffic will continue to be a problem", but then on others it says "this city has great infrastructure for cyclists and people using public transport, but the roads have suffered, so congestion will continue". Are they calling for increasing alternative modes of transportation so people can rely less on cars (which would do more for reducing traffic than anything else )? For improvements on roadways so that traffic flow will be more manageable? Or just taking a snapshot and saying "commuting sux"?

    My commute is pretty darned sweet and takes about 10 minutes, but occasionally traffic is bad and I don't get the walk lights when I need them
    Q: Why can't I read the competition threads?
    A: Competition forums on the board are available to those with a Season Pass or a premium membership How to View Kiss & Cry

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •