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Report: Honolulu has nation's second-worst traffic

By Star-Advertiser & news services

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Honolulu's traffic is bad. But we could have it worse.

Despite seeing the biggest decrease in traffic congestion in 2012 among the nation's top 10 cities for worst traffic, Honolulu dropped only one spot — to second place — behind Los Angeles, an annual Inrix Inc. study found.

Because of congestion, the average motorist in the Los Angeles metropolitan area spent an extra 59 hours in traffic during 2012, according to a national scorecard from traffic information firm INRIX.

That was nine hours more than drivers in Honolulu. Drivers here also suffered a 4 percent increase in congestion so far this year.

San Francisco was in third place for congestion, followed by Austin, Texas; New York and Bridgeport, Conn.

San Jose, Calif., was in seventh place, followed by Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Boston.

The report looked at major metropolitan areas and measured how much longer it took drivers to get somewhere because of congestion in 2012. It found that most areas also are seeing more traffic jams this year.

Nationally, congestion from January through March of this year was up 4 percent compared to the same period in 2012, while Los Angeles saw a 6 percent spurt, said Jim Bak, the study's author.

Among the other top 10 communities for traffic jams, seven saw more congestion for the three-month period. Boston topped the list with a 30 percent increase.

Seattle's rate dropped by 11 percent and Washington was down 5 percent, INRIX said.

The recovering economy played a large role in increasing traffic woes, Bak said.

The Los Angeles area added about 90,000 new jobs during that period, Bak said.

"We're really seeing a strong correlation between return of employment and return of traffic," Bak said.

"More people going back to work means ... more people are willing to go out and spend money," he said. "They're going shopping, they're going to a movie."

It also means merchants are shipping and receiving more products, further adding to the congestion.

"You want to not like bad traffic but on the other hand it shows the economy is coming along pretty well," Bak said. "It's kind of a good news, bad news for drivers."

The worst times to be on Los Angeles roads were Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon, the study said.






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what wrote:
Leaders are asleep at the well. Nothing has been done for decades to upgrade our highway infrastructure! Nothing is even on the drawing board! Of course traffic is going to get bad if population increases but NOTHING gets done to upgrade highway infrastructure. Highways are the lifeblood of any city.
on April 24,2013 | 12:03PM
what wrote:
Extend H-3 across Ford Island and to the Ewa plain. This was discussed in 2005 and the Pearl Harbor commander was open to the idea at the time. The Mayor and his boy Caldwell at the time stupidly shot down the idea. H-1 between Aloha Stadium and H-2 interchange is way beyond capacity and such a highway would bring great relief.
on April 24,2013 | 12:09PM
gicnk wrote:
this would be a state project.
on April 24,2013 | 12:39PM
what wrote:
Yes, if they call it H-3, it would be a State project. And I wonder about our DOT, is it full of old-timers who are still working but have mentally retired, awaiting their fat pension? They are doing nothing for our future. Anyways, yes, when the project was proposed in 2005, it was a City project, not H-3. I think it should be a State project.
on April 24,2013 | 01:10PM
OldDiver wrote:
The stupid one is you. Caldwell didn't become managing director until 2009.
on April 24,2013 | 02:35PM
what wrote:
The stupid one is you. Caldwell and Mufi are equally inept at planning our future.
on April 24,2013 | 05:07PM
OldDiver wrote:
Oh Brother.
on April 24,2013 | 09:39PM
AirRescueFF wrote:

Rida Cabanilla


on April 24,2013 | 12:44PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Pearl commander did not have a say. These are military properties. When it hits crossing Pearl Harbor, you talking about State responsibility. The gov was Lingle. Before that cayetaNO. Nothing got done.
on April 24,2013 | 06:06PM
kiragirl wrote:
Agree. Our traffic problems trace back to our state and city transportation officials and their governors and mayors. Frustrating too is the fact that the city thinks "rail" is the solution knowing it will not. I can foresee next year Honolulu will rank number one and stay there for many years. Over-development is just killing us. When will this madness stop?
on April 24,2013 | 01:26PM
Wazdat wrote:
SO TRUE...NO PLANNING...LAME
on April 24,2013 | 01:49PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Umm, you do know they created H3 freeway, so that nullifies your second statement. Nothing gets done? Come on now.
on April 24,2013 | 05:25PM
what wrote:
I said nothing has been done for decades and there are absolutely no plans for future expansion and upgrades. H-3 has been open for a LONG time now.
on April 24,2013 | 08:34PM
what wrote:
There are young people starting to drive now that weren't even born yet when H-3 was opened.
on April 24,2013 | 08:41PM
rtabata wrote:
I respectfully disagree. I was stuck this morning in what I thought would be non-peak traffic going from UH area to Aiea. On H-1 from Punahou to Pali exit, a couple of miles, took over 1/2 hour!! Five lanes narrowed to one because of a fender bender at the Pali exit. I had time to think about how bad traffic has gotten in recent years. It's all-day traffic james now: regular rush hour, lunch rush hour, after-school rush hour, Pearl Harbor rush hour, then regular pau hana rush hour which can extend into the evening. I passed a market on the median divider that read "1969." That portion of the Makiki viaduct was built 44 years ago!! So my point is that roads and highways are old solutions. The city has been aggressively working on a modern rail system with state and federal support. To say, "Nothing is even on the drawing board!" is not true. Reliance on cars to move lots of people in a large city is not working. We need a modern rail system to move commuters more efficiently. It is unfortunate that the proposed rail system will not connect Waikiki and UH Manoa in the first phase, but they would be logical future phases. BART in the Bay Area and other similar rail systems were not built in a day. Honolulu has to start somewhere. It is expensive--this is true--but the cost of doing nothing would be greater. If you think we have gridlock now, think about even more cars on our roads! Think rail for Honolulu's future and not dwell too much on old-fashioned solutions such as relying on cars and buses.
on April 24,2013 | 10:54PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I swear this is an old article. There was one out earlier this year. No need to tell us what we already know.
on April 24,2013 | 12:28PM
olos73 wrote:
In fact, I recall only last month or the month before. SA needed to fill up empty space.
on April 24,2013 | 12:53PM
Radley wrote:
It's a new artlcle.
The April 4 article "Honolulu third-worst for traffic congestion" was based on data analysis by TomTom.
on April 24,2013 | 12:58PM
pj737 wrote:
What? We're not number one anymore?! Shame on us!
on April 24,2013 | 01:17PM
serious wrote:
My thoughts, exactly!!! We're number one in cost of living, housing costs, number one in the worst state to do business. And number one in most Democrats per square foot--it all goes together.
on April 24,2013 | 04:41PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Thanks SA for the pro-rail advertorial. The masses must be fed a steady stream of Junk Science agend driven propaganda.
on April 24,2013 | 01:26PM
mcc wrote:
One paper in town can feed you any kind of junk if it is the only one to read. That is why we are fed one sided trash.
on April 24,2013 | 02:17PM
Radley wrote:
It's amazing that you interpret an article based on methodically gathered third-party data as pro-rail propaganda when the word "rail" — much less "transit" — didn't even appear in the article.
Do you consider our weather reports pro-umbrella propaganda?
on April 24,2013 | 02:44PM
kainalu wrote:
Exactly. What - the truth is somehow pro-rail? I don't make the connection at all. The rail is outside of this specific article, or the fact that our traffic situation is horrendous, and only going to get worse.
on April 24,2013 | 07:17PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Wasn't it 2012 when Mayor Pete and decided to pull the plug on theBus?
on April 24,2013 | 01:43PM
Skyler wrote:
Exactly. And of course they're not taking that into consideration.
on April 24,2013 | 01:55PM
loquaciousone wrote:
June 3, 2012 to be exact. Us bus riders refer to that day as the Bday.
on April 24,2013 | 02:23PM
Ppoms wrote:
Build a chunnel from Iroquois Pt to Aloha Tower. England to France and Hokkaido to Honshu is about 31miles. Ewa to Aloha tower should be a slam dunk (except for dealing with the military)....
on April 24,2013 | 02:09PM
inverse wrote:
The EIS reported by Parsons for BOTH Harris and Mufi/Carlisle administrations clearly stated rail will NOT improve traffic congestion on Oahu. So what is the point with this article as others pointed out except for SA to throw it out and the paid rail blogger feeding at the rail trough can post their wonderful feel good comments about how great rail will be.
on April 24,2013 | 02:28PM
environmental_lady wrote:
Since bus service was cut back in Oahu, more people would be driving I'd assume. Also, it would have helped to have more bike paths. Oahu traffic officials simply went the wrong way to solve the problem. I wonder how much better traffic is in Amsterdam and Copenhagen where more people bike around and take the bus. Why don't our traffic experts study other countries and implement better solutions?
on April 24,2013 | 02:57PM
kailua000 wrote:
Yeah but another article said were the happiest state. Worst tax situation, worst traffic, highest prices in housing, but heck we're the happiest.
on April 24,2013 | 03:03PM
pakeheat wrote:
yes, you can also had worst education, schools in dire need of repairs, roads, sewers, gas prices, age old water pipes, landfill, harbors, homelessness, and etc. I have a t-shirt to sell "DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY".
on April 24,2013 | 08:43PM
Kuniarr wrote:
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on April 24,2013 | 03:31PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
VSL ,smell es el.
on April 24,2013 | 06:10PM
Kahu Matu wrote:
This is obvious, but the problem is that our politicians won't do anything about it. Instead they want to build rail, which doesn't cover the most problematic areas, and add more housing and people to an already over-congested area. So far the only good idea was to repaint the H-1 and that has helped a bit. Only other option is to double decker the H-1 in town, or choose the sensible option of adjusting the UH class schedule to start 2 hours later, 10AM instead of 8AM.
on April 24,2013 | 04:08PM
Kuniarr wrote:
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on April 24,2013 | 04:25PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
How about impounding all uninsured vehicles? We live on a small island with a million registered vehicles, more vehicles than drivers. The fact that people in Hawaii love automobiles and the freedom and convenience it provides is another reason there are so many cars to share limited roadways. Four workers or eligible students in the household = four cars in the driveway. Also the fact that people don't want the inconvenience of sharing the ride and planning their busy important daily schedule with others, not even others in their household. Look inside the vehicles on any road at any given time. The majority of them will have just the driver in them. Sad. I carpool. My wife hates to. Sometimes I ride my bicycle 6 miles to work. One less car on the road. If every household made some sort of compromise or sacrifice, there'd be less cars/traffic on the road.
on April 24,2013 | 05:39PM
Kahu Matu wrote:
The carpool lanes are there but no one is using them. Like your wife, most do not want to, nor can they carpool. The rail is an idiotic money sinkhole. Someone a couple of years ago, noting the lack of traffic when UH is on break, suggested changing UH course times, to 2 hours later. That would cost little money but possibly make a considerable difference. My suggestion is try it for a year, while everything else is debated, unfunded, despised, and observe the difference.
on April 24,2013 | 06:16PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Agree, Kahu. I believe in trying a plan temporarily. If it works, make it permanent. Agree with later UH hours too.
on April 24,2013 | 07:14PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
No Kahu. The people wanted rail, and in turn we voted the pro rail politicians , Caldwell and Pine in. The antis Cayetano and Berg got ousted. So really Kahu, the politicians really are listening to the people instead of a handful of obstructionist.
on April 24,2013 | 06:13PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
You know what'll fix that? A $6 billion train from DR Horton's newest sprawling development to Ala Moana Mall. Problem. Solved.
on April 24,2013 | 04:28PM
maafifloos wrote:
Don't complain. Leave. I did.
on April 24,2013 | 04:48PM
paradisetax wrote:
The H-1 is in decay. Scarred with any pot holes and too much patch work. How much longer will this artery last? Maybe 7-10 years? Too many big rigs on this highway are not helping the situation.
on April 24,2013 | 05:32PM
mcc wrote:
It's to pay the $3,000,000 John White spent for Caldwell so union jobs continue. Patch the road, fix the sewer, Pave the roads after that, the fix the water mains. Goes on an on. Payback.
on April 24,2013 | 06:38PM
anyway wrote:
You have got to be joking me! Austin is not that bad and Honolulu is nowhere near as bad as New York.
on April 24,2013 | 05:43PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
We face a big problem - traffic. It eats up hours of everyone's day and reduces productivity while damaging the quality of life.

What should we do? Well, let's work on things that will reduce traffic, right? Cut down congestion.

What do we really do? We spend $5.3 billion on a developer's wet dream that will not reduce traffic.

Meantime, what are we doing to reduce traffic congestion????????


on April 24,2013 | 06:01PM
mcc wrote:
Our politicians don't care, they care about being re elected.
on April 24,2013 | 06:21PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
It takes me a little longer to commute via my bicycle vs. my car. I ride my bike during the months when the sun rises early and sets later. During times when I don't bike to work, I lose my nerve when I think about cycling along the rush of traffic. What will those who complain about traffic do to help alleviate it? Thoughts?
on April 24,2013 | 07:21PM
BigErn wrote:
No worries! Rail will alleviate all our congestion.
on April 24,2013 | 07:02PM
pakeheat wrote:
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
on April 24,2013 | 08:43PM
jussayin wrote:
We all know we have a traffic problem yet we keep building more apartments and houses. Hmmm.
on April 24,2013 | 09:13PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Hot to worry - after the Rail gets going, Hawaii will become number 3. You see what 5 billion dollars buys?
on April 24,2013 | 11:59PM
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