Traffic

Broward to Miami-Dade is one of nation’s most crowded commutes

THE MIAMI HERALD

Looking for the road less traveled?

Then don’t try commuting from Broward to Miami-Dade.

People who live in Broward and work in Miami-Dade suffer through the most crowded inter-county commute in Florida and the 14th most crowded in the nation, according to U.S. Census data released last week.

About 127,000 workers made the trip on a daily basis in 2013, the Census found. Meanwhile, about 68,000 workers lived in Miami-Dade and commuted to Broward.

South Florida’s residential sprawl, overused roads and limited public transit regularly create painful traffic jams for long-haul commuters. The region is the 10th most congested in the country, and local businesses say the daily odyssey many of their workers endure is hurting the local economy.

People who live in Miami-Dade and Broward’s more affordable suburbs — which are farther out from employment centers — generally face commute times longer than the national average of 25.5 minutes, Census data show. And the situation isn’t likely to improve anytime soon: the lack of affordable housing downtown is pushing workers farther and farther away from their jobs.

Other cities around the country are dealing with similar issues. Nationwide, the three most crowded commutes are from Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx into Manhattan. The Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and Chicago metro areas round out the top 10.

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