Miami-Dade County

Traffic sucks. We know that. Here’s where we sit

Another day on South Florida highways
Another day on South Florida highways dneal@MiamiHerald.com

How many times a week do you accelerate up the highway entrance ramp, then suddenly find yourself bashing your brakes to keep from rear-ending the back of a traffic jam?

We’ve all been there.

So, TomTom’s 2017 Traffic Index, measuring traffic congestion, should come as no surprise. There’s Miami, No. 9 in North America and No. 6 in the United States for clogged highways.

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At least we’re not contenders for having the world’s most stopped-up street (Mexico City is No. 1 in North American and the world).

And in the U.S., we’re behind the predictable traffic stoppers —Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York — but also Seattle and San Jose.

But it still speaks of a South Florida where roads turn from “go” to “slow” to “low flow” at the drop of a hat (or raindrop).

TomTom, a GPS manufacturer, reaches its “congestion level” by measuring how much average extra time a driver spends in gridlock any time of day contrasted with free-flowing traffic.

Miami is at 30 percent extra time, up 2 percent from a year ago.

For perspective, L.A. drivers spend 45 percent extra time in gridlock and New Yorkers deal with an extra 35 percent.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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