Just like rising housing prices, you're probably sick of hearing about how bad Seattle's traffic has gotten. You're probably well aware from experience. We've been seeing reports for months about just how bad the commute has gotten and we've even found the specific corridors you need to avoid.
But there's always more ways to remind us how bad it's been.
TomTom released its Traffic Index 2016 Tuesday and Seattle was tied for fourth-worst traffic among U.S. cities for overall congestion levels, trailing only Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. According to them, Seattle traffic added 31 percent on travel time to commuters in 2015. When it comes to the rush-hour evening commute, Seattle was the second-worst congested city in the country with a 75 percent travel time increase.
Worldwide, Seattle is the 44th-most congested city.
Light rail is slowly but surely expanding around the city and the upcoming ST3 vote could help to eventually make a real dent. But in the meantime, if you're going to drive near Seattle, pack a meal.
· TomTom Traffic Index [TT]
· Seattle Traffic Is Actually As Bad As You Think It Is [CS]
· Here Are The Puget Sound Region's Fifteen Worst Traffic Corridors [CS]