Five Reasons to Keep Bitching About Miami Traffic

Five Reasons to Keep Bitching About Miami Traffic

​Getting to work this morning was a bitch.

Earlier this week, Cultist's Hannah Sentenac gave us five reasons to STFU about the terrible traffic in Miami.

Soon, though, you'll find five reasons endorsing a ferociously whiny commute.

Our Magic City may not have ranked as the country's worst metropolis for commuters, but just we can't ignore the tweeting, stop-and-go bastard driving in front of us.

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​​1. Downtown Miami is roughly 20 minutes from Kendall, but the drive east takes longer than an hour on weekday mornings. Even compared to the longest average commute in the nation, which is 35 minutes in New York, an hour and a half is an exorbitant time to be on the road just to go to work.

The data, gathered from the 2009 U.S. Census, also reports that commutes in Miami average up to 30 minutes, longer than the national average of 25. It probably doesn't help that less than 5 percent of commuters in Miami ride public transportation to work, compared to 10 percent in the L.A. area.

(As a bonus: The Census also reported that foreigners, Asians, and married people's commutes are longer than everyone else's.)

Five Reasons to Keep Bitching About Miami Traffic

​2. There is always construction. Starting in 2010, there have been six major construction projects on Miami's main highways, most of which are still not finished. These projects last years, cost up to $560 million each, and cause major delays on the Turnpike, SR 836, SR 826 and the Interstates.

Just this Wednesday, the entrance to the westbound I-195 at North Miami Avenue was entirely immobile around 3:00 p.m. The intersection at North Miami and NW 36th Street was mayhem: Horns bellowed; drivers cursed and passed each other going the wrong way on a narrow, crowded street, while SUVs halfway on the on-ramp drove over medians to escape the gridlock.

The changing traffic patterns cause our confused drivers, who are already among the meanest in the country, to take detours, miss appointments, and cause accidents. Which leads to the next point.


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