WDIV: Detroit Ranks Second For Worst Commute
Monday, May 12, 2008
The town known as the motor city has been ranked among the worst for getting around.
According to Forbes.com, Detroit is the country's second-worst city for commuters.
The Forbes report noted that despite a steady decline in population, the length of the commute continues to rise.
It is estimated by Forbes that the average Detroit driver is delayed 54 hours a year.
What makes matters worse, according to the study, is that only 11 percent of the Detroit commuting population walks, carpools or uses public transit – the worst in any big city in America.
“Traffic and congestion are only going to get worse as our policymakers continue to under-fund our roads and infrastructure,” said Mike Nystrom, vice president of government and public relations for the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association.
Forbes.com looked at the 75 largest metro areas in the U.S. The rankings were based on traffic delays, travel times and how efficiently commuters use existing infrastructure.
The worst commutes were those that ate up the most hours and were the least reliable.
The best commutes were in cities with short, dependable treks to the office, where fellow commuters also regularly used transit options to reduce congestion.
According to Forbes.com, Atlanta had the worst commute in the country.
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