Archive for January, 2010

America’s Worst Commutes!

January 20, 2010

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is America’s collective nightmare, and unfortunatly for us it happens EVERY day! So a website called the Daily Beast set out to figure out the worst of the worst, because this problem isn’t going anywhere. They researched the top 75 in the county! I’ve listed below the top 10 — and I know we want to know — where does Michigan rank?

Anthony Downs, author of Stuck In Traffic has identified four reasons for America’s congestion problem: first, most of us work during the same hours of the day; second, the country’s economic success has allowed households to buy multiple cars; third, there are more people now than when most roadways were conceived; fourth, more cars means more accidents which means more delays.

Here’s how they did it: Ranking the metropolitan areas with the worst rush-hour congestion. The order is based on the peak hour Travel Time Index (TTI) for the metropolitan area each highway is in. TTI is a measure of how much longer it takes to complete a road journey during peak congestion hours compared to free-flow hours. (Peak hours are defined as 6 a.m. to 10a.m., and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Speeds during non-peak hours are used by INRIX to establish this free-flow baseline.

I’ve posted the top 10 below — but 1st here is where Michigan falls on the list!

#39. Edsel Ford Freeway (I-94), Detroit
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 174
Worst bottleneck: Eastbound, Linwood St/Exit 214
Length of worst bottleneck: .34 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 21
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 24 mph

Commuter Buzz: “It’s flat and straight and people like to fall asleep out there,” says Michigan State Police Sergeant Chris Pascoe of I-94 outside the Detroit city limits.

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#1.  Hollywood Freeway, Los Angeles
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 686
Worst bottleneck: Southbound, Vermont Avenue
Length of worst bottleneck: .64 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 77
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 14 mph

#2. Lunalilo Freeway (H-1), Honolulu
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 347
Worst bottleneck: Eastbound, S Vineyard Blvd/Ward Ave
Length of worst bottleneck: .82 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 36
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 16.4 mph

#3. Capital Beltway, surrounds Washington DC
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 194
Worst bottleneck: Southbound, Exit 2A-B
Length of worst bottleneck: 1.26 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 31
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 21.2 mph

#4. I-35, Austin
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 460
Worst bottleneck: Northbound, Riverside Dr
Length of worst bottleneck: .92 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 47
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 16.2 mph

#5. James Lick Freeway (US 101), San Francisco
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 190
Worst bottleneck: I 80 Northbound, 4th St/5th St
Length of worst bottleneck: .52 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 46
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 12.9 mph

#6. Cross Bronx Expressway, New York City
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 421
Worst bottleneck: Southbound, Bronx River Parkway/Exit 4B
Length of worst bottleneck: .36 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 94
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 11.2 mph

#7. I-5, Seattle
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 256
Worst bottleneck: Southbound, 45th St/Exit 169
Length of worst bottleneck: 1.46 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 34
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 21.3 mph

#8. I-95, Bridgeport, CT
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 272
Worst bottleneck: Northbound, US 1/Connecticut Ave/Exit 14
Length of worst bottleneck: 1.4 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 27
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 22.7 mph

#9. Kennedy Expressway, Chicago
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 712
Worst bottleneck: Westbound, I 90/I 94/Edens Expressway
Length of worst bottleneck: .2 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 64
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 17.2 mph

#10. Airport Expressway (State Road 112), Miami
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 183
Worst bottleneck: Eastbound, 72nd Ave/Milam Dairy Rd
Length of worst bottleneck: .46 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 22
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 16.3 mph

FOR THE FULL LIST CLICK HERE >> http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-01-19/americas-75-worst-commutes/full/

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Auto Show 2010 – Parking & People Mover

January 14, 2010

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

One of the biggest events in Michigan is in full swing! The cars, the glam, & bright lights have arrived for the 2010 International Auto Show!  For those of you are plan on going or have done this before know that getting downtown is the biggest battle of all. The charity preview is expected to bring 20,000 people to Cobo alone! So here is the official parking and people mover information released by the City of Detroit.

2010

Individuals attending the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center will find convenient and accessible parking and transportation in downtown Detroit. The public show runs from January 16 – 24th

PARKING

ALL OF THESE LOTS AT $10!  These sites are conveniently located near Detroit People Mover stations. In addition, MPD has parking available at the following Cobo Center parking facilities, but heavy traffic and demand are expected at these locations.

Ford Underground Garage 

Mon. – Fri. (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.)  Sat., Sun. and Holidays (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

Millennium Garage  

Mon. – Sun. (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.) 

Premier Underground Garage 

24 hours                                                       

Cobo Arena Garage 

Mon. – Sun. (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.)

Cobo Hall Garage

Mon. – Sun. (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.)

Cobo Roof Deck

Mon. – Sun. (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.) 

Joe Louis Arena Garage

Mon – Fri.   (6a.m. – 9:30p.m.)

Sat., Sun. and Holidays (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

For more information regarding the parking facilities, and a map of the locations, go online to www.detroitmi.gov/parking or call (313) 221-2500.

DETROIT PEOPLE MOVER

In addition, individuals can park at a City parking facility and catch the Detroit People Mover to the Auto Show.  The Detroit People Mover (DPM) service begins earlier on the weekends during the Auto Show.  On all other days during the show period, the DPM will operate on its normal schedule.  Here are the People Mover hours during the Auto Show:

January 14                                6:30 a.m. – Midnight

January 15                                6:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

January 16                                7:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

January 17                                8 a.m. – Midnight

January 18 – 21                        6:30 a.m. – Midnight

January 22                                6:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

January 23                                7:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

January 24                                8 a.m. – Midnight