Poll Shows DC-area Traffic Getting Worse


by
Kamran Abdi
Traffic is bad and getting worse in the Washington region, according to a survey of commuter perception. It just seems like there’s more people on the road past year or so.

Based on our coverage of DC metro since December of last year, I guess, it’s all the job openings with our government that has been making a lot of people around the nation to move to DC area.

A new Washington Post poll found 60 percent of drivers say traffic has gotten worse over the last five years.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

6 Responses to Poll Shows DC-area Traffic Getting Worse

  1. I agree, I have been in the DC area since September of 2006. I would say on average, the commute times for me have increased about 5 minutes per year EACH WAY.

  2. Robyn Short says:

    I knew it wasn’t just me. Not to be insensitive, but you would think that with unemployment being at an all time high, there would be fewer commuters! It’s like gridlock 24-7 now, not just during rush hour. I used to be able to adjust my route 4 or 5 different ways in order to get around more quickly, but that no longer works either. I can’t understand why, somebody help me out.

  3. Chris Haug says:

    Excuse my cynical comments but “tell me something I don’t know” and “why doesn’t that surprise me”.

    The terrible part about it is that it will only get worse.

    Robyn, sounds like eveyone else found your secret routes, However, there are a number of reasons.

    First, there are more people on the roads than the roads can handle. The roads aren’t getting wider fast enough and there is very little land available to further expand the system, so this is not an option,

    Second, there still aren’t enough incentives or penalties to pull enough people off the roads to make a difference.

    Third, we have an addiction to the convenience of our cars. This won’t change until the pain of using our cars is greater than the inconvenience of using alternative transportation.

    If I have to go anywhere in the DC area that is served by the Metro, I take the Metro. If I can’t then I bend over, smile and kiss my you know what, or I read a novel (I get a lot of reading done on 495. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. nnekajenkins says:

    Yes, traffic has gotten much worse in the metro D.C. area. There are several problems that we have that aren’t being sufficiently addressed:

    We don’t have enough roads/lanes/infrastructure to meet the demand. But there’s absolutely NO shortage of vehicles, though!

    Our addiction to our vehicles has been neccessitated and fueled (pun intended) by urban sprawl due to out-of-control housing construction/expansion on every piece of land that is available.

    Many of us in the Washington, D.C. area are college-educated or better. That means that the demand for white collar jobs is very high and ultracompetitive. However, most of the decent-paying (white collar) jobs are located in only a few major hubs (i.e Herdon/Tysons Corner, D.C., and Bethesda/Rockville/Silver Spring). This causes those of us who don’t also LIVE in these areas (because we can’t AFFORD it) to have to DRIVE to these areas in order to pay our bills because there are, oftentimes, no decent alternatives.

    If more people had viable alternatives, like the option to telecommute, more schedule flexibility, convenient commuting/travel options, conveniently located workplaces, more affordable housing located closer to workplaces, expanded infrastructure, etc., we might really be able to lick this thing!

  5. nnekajenkins says:

    I don’t think that using ZipCars would be a viable solution for those who need to commute to work everyday. I’ve checked this out as an alternative, and this alternative would be way too expensive for someone like me who needs their car everyday or practically everyday. This is a good solution for those who only need occasional car use.

    I discuss viable possible solutions as well as solutions to this problem that are already in the works. Please visit , share this blog with others, and — and don’t be shy — leave a comment if you’ve got something to say. I’d love to hear what you think!

    Best,
    Nneka Jenkins

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