South Florida Ranks #11 in U.S. Traffic Congestion By Tod Aronovitz | 02/05/13 | 0 Comment

Traffic congestion costs every South Florida commuter $993 annually in lost time and wasted gasoline, according to the 2012 Urban Mobility Report just published by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties rank 11th nationally in 2012 traffic volume and delays, according to the report. South Florida traffic congestion is getting worse, moving up from #17 on the traffic list as recently as 2008.

Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Boston topped the list as the five metropolitan areas with the worst traffic congestion.

Drivers traveling on I-95 and the Florida Turnpike daily have a road-side view of the problems caused by traffic delays. According to the study, South Florida commuters must allow at least 34 minutes for a 20 minute trip in order to arrive on time four out of five days of the week.

Traffic congestion results in several inconvenience factors for South Florida drivers:

  • More time needed to get to work or appointments
  • Unpredictable delays
  • Morning and afternoon rush hours that extend across five hours of each day
  • Higher costs in wasted gas
  • Increased risk of traffic accidents

Drivers heading for a flight at Miami International Airport, an important doctor’s appointment, or a critical business meeting are advised to allow extra time for unexpected traffic delays.

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