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 …
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 …