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Honolulu traffic still among the worst in U.S.

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 07:27 a.m. HST, Nov 06, 2013

Honolulu traffic is third-worst in America, according to in-car navigation device-maker TomTom.

Honolulu moved down from the second-place ranking it received in the first quarter of the year, the company found, replaced by San Francisco which had been third.

Los Angeles, still at No. 1, saw traffic increase by 2 percent to its highest level in six years.

The TomTom study examined traffic in 169 cities across six continents, including 53 U.S. markets with populations exceeding 800,000.

Drivers around the world lose an average of eight work days, or 64 hours stuck in traffic, while based on the Los Angeles figures, U.S. cities have a maximum average loss of 92 hours, or 11.5 days.


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kiragirl wrote:
And it's not going to get better with all these new developments.
on November 6,2013 | 06:44AM
mcc wrote:
Can you imagine Ward Ave in the morning with 5,000 new condos in Kakaako? How about the poor Mililani people coming to town with all the new homes on Koa Ridge? The highways to the North Shore are bad now, wait until Turtle Bay gets expanded. One accident, one broken sewer line or water main line will really add to the chaos. More road rage is the future of Oahu drivers.
on November 6,2013 | 07:35AM
XlllX wrote:
Live. Work. Play...not suppose to be driving on freeway..use surface roads
on November 6,2013 | 10:04AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Do you think carpooling would work?
on November 6,2013 | 04:20PM
vapors wrote:
NO....REALLY???? HAWAII? NO....REALLY??? Let me put on my surprise face :-O SHOCKING! Everybody complains but don't want to better the situation. No proactive approach to anything. The Politicians just let it go. The effects of such a tremendous burden on everyone is endless...from locals to visitors. If nothing is done...FAST...It'll give a huge negative impact on the infrastructure to the visitors resulting in less people coming, less monies spent, less everything.. WAKE UP! The system is broken....hurry up and fix it. And stop complaining about the rail system already...BUILD the thing already and get moving!
on November 6,2013 | 07:02AM
jekat2003 wrote:
I can't wait until the rail is completed and all of our traffic problems will be solved!...............In case anyone needs clarification, yes that was sarcasm.
on November 6,2013 | 07:03AM
kalaoa wrote:
not all, but much. So where is the sarcasm...or is it delusion?
on November 6,2013 | 07:19AM
mcc wrote:
At least the farmers that live in Waipahu will get to work on time. Shoppers will make it to the sale at Ala Moana on time in 50 years if it is done by then, but UH students will be stuck in traffic.
on November 6,2013 | 07:38AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
There won't be any congestion on rail for the more than 116,000 daily riders.
on November 7,2013 | 04:48AM
localguy wrote:
True. It will wait for them to waste time getting to and from the rail stations, waiting for the shuttle buses to make their way through traffic. No substantial parking will be available at stations, not enough space. One issue HART & Grabby do not want to talk about is rail maintenance. With the Nei's proven track record of failing to maintain public assets, how long will rail be dependable? How often will unions strike to take more from riders and taxpayers. How high will the cost over runs be, remembering no city in the USA has built rail on time, on or under budget, maintained it on or under budget. That sucking sound you hear is rail taking from tax payers.
on November 7,2013 | 05:03AM
kalaoa wrote:
We should wait until we are NUMBER 1 to work on mass transit. That is why I left Oahu for the Neighbor Islands to live. Too much time spent in my car going to work.
on November 6,2013 | 07:18AM
Pukele wrote:
Our traffic is made up of car commuters and commercial commuters. You can read on the HART website how traffic for car commuters and commercial commuters will be much worse when rail starts running. The rail guildeway is too exclusive - only Heavy Rail cars (modern subway cars) can use the guideway. On the mainland, they build Managed Lanes that are not exclusive. These guideways can handle buses, handy vans, school buses, emergency vehicles, limited commercial traffic, and regular car commuters. The other main difference between our rail guideway and Managed Lanes on the mainland is the average speed. Our rail guideway will average 27 miles per hour. Managed Lanes average 45-55 miles per hour. On the mainland, cities with Managed Lanes move traffic faster and reduce traffic on nearby roads.
on November 6,2013 | 07:37AM
OldDiver wrote:
Utter nonsense.
on November 6,2013 | 08:02AM
Pukele wrote:
There are 20 cities on the mainland building Managed Lanes and zero building elevated Heavy Rail. Try gogle Managed Lanes.
on November 6,2013 | 08:47AM
Lesher wrote:
What is "utter nonsense" about the statement? Can buses, handi vans, school busses, emergency vehicles and cars go on the rail FIXED guideway?
on November 6,2013 | 09:06AM
inlanikai wrote:
Oh man, don't ask him a question. He gets paid by the post.
on November 6,2013 | 11:44AM
Lesher wrote:
Carp that's right! Well not like he could answer it anyway...
on November 6,2013 | 01:32PM
localguy wrote:
OldDiver - So true, your comments are utter nonsense as HART gives them to you for posting. How much have you made so far at $1 per post?
on November 7,2013 | 05:05AM
Wazdat wrote:
That makes to much sense for Hawaii. Rail is NOT the correct solution.
on November 6,2013 | 10:47AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
No, you can't read that on HART's website. But you can learn this from the final EIS posted on the site:

Islandwide, during the AM peak, (highest traffic volume), the number of commuters (home to work) taking transit will increase by approximately 50% compared to an all-bus (no-build alternative) and will include 17.3% of all commuters.

If you only look at the congested H-1 corridor, instead of islandwide, then the data in Figure 3-7 of the final EIS tells an even more compelling story. If you average all of the trips shown in that figure (a reasonable estimate of travel in the H-1 corridor) the transit mode share goes from below 20% with No Build to over 40% with the project.

During the morning peak, the number of bus and rail transit trips islandwide will increase 52% during the AM peak.

on November 7,2013 | 04:56AM
Jonas wrote:
DOT and the rest of our incompetent gov't will point to the fact that we actually have improved - from #2 down to #3! Great job, DOT!
on November 6,2013 | 09:18AM
soosie wrote:
Did we need a study for this? Waste of time for breaking news. Traffic is bad on freeways, surface streets, etc. Build more condos in town so everyone move back in the core of Honolulu. No traffic for the outskirts to country living. I would really love to see the rail improving the traffic. Local folks have local ways of living; need their cars.
on November 6,2013 | 10:16AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
soosie, Local folks have local ways of living; need their cars. Yep, the majority of local cars at any given time has no passengers, only the driver. THAT is why traffic is the way it is. Local folks are unresourceful and don't believe in carpooling. They wanna leave for work and not want to deal with passengers' schedules. Also, children and adults alike have busy schedules besides working. People drive themselves and their kids to activities. If every driver carpooled with one passenger, traffic would reduce by 50%.I live 6 miles from work. Sometimes the commute takes less than 20 minutes. Some months I ride my bicycle to work. If I lived West side, I KNOW I'd be carpooling with a neighbor or coworker. That way, we can LEGALLY utilize the Zipper Lane (Did you know that every third car in the Zipper Lane has only the driver?) Another relatively inexpensive way to get cars off the road is to make it easier to cite vehicles with no registration or no insurance. Thousands of irresponsible owners would be off the roads. So the cheap fix is carpooling, which will never happen, and citing EVERY unauthorized vehicle on the road, which will never happen.
on November 6,2013 | 03:45PM
inverse wrote:
Most of the worst traffic problems on Oahu are due to road construction and building projects. Ward Avenue is a parking lot due to construction work on that massive new condo on the corner of Kapiolani and Ward. Another is the major H1 freeway work between Ward and Like Like. Stop reporting these traffic studies without presenting the TRUE reasons why traffic is so bad on Oahu. PS The Oahu rail will be EXACTLY like how Obamacare will be an improvement of healthcare in the US . The Obama lies on Obamacare are the same type of lies being made on how the rail will improve traffic and increase use of public transportation in Oahu and everyone not at the rail feeding trough knows and says this to be true
on November 7,2013 | 02:20AM
localguy wrote:
Los Angeles has successfully developed computer apps to efficiently manage traffic flow at lights. LA also has synchronized all their traffic lights, further improving traffic flow. So what does the Nei have? 50s technology timer controlled traffic lights. At the traffic management center (TMC), bureaucrats sit in their cushy chairs and laugh at all the traffic on their screens, nothing they can do about it as traffic lights in the Nei are not all master controlled. TMC = what a joke office.
on November 7,2013 | 05:08AM
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