We demand a recount. The INRIX Traffic Scorecard says that Miami only has the 12th worst traffic congestion in the country. Anyone who has ever been stuck in Miami traffic knows it's the worst thing ever. No, literally the worst thing ever. The official ranks of worst things ever might as well go something like: 1) Miami traffic 2) Hell 3) Crocs.
Yet, we guess we can't argue with actual scientific numbers, and, according to the data, Miami's traffic congestion problem has actually gotten better in the past few years.
Though the scorecard has found the absolute worst time to drive in Miami: Thursday afternoon near 4 p.m.
"INRIX has developed efficient methods for interpreting its real-time traffic data to establish monthly and annual averages of travel patterns in all major cities in the United States," claims the traffic scorecard's website.". These same methods can aggregate data over periods of time to provide reliable information on speeds and congestion levels for segments of roads."
And by that data, Miami comes in 12th. Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City and Bridgeport make up the top five. Then again, we're guessing that the study doesn't take into account things like "amount of drivers who actually know how to drive."
Surprisingly, though, Miami's traffic congestion is getting better. Here's a chart showing traffic congestion since 2010. The numbers have gone down every year since.
This chart shows traffic congestion over the hours for the days of the week for April.
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As you can see, Thursday at around 4 p.m. is the worst time to drive.
The study finds that Miamians wasted 27.7 hours in traffic in the past year, and 2 hours in the past month.
[via CBS Miami]