ARIZONA NEWS

How bad is Phoenix area traffic compared to the rest of nation?

Feb 8, 2018, 4:11 AM | Updated: 1:17 pm
(Flickr photo)...
(Flickr photo)
(Flickr photo)

PHOENIX — If you find yourself frustrated over the amount of traffic in the Phoenix area, we have good news for you: It could be worse.

The traffic in the Phoenix area ranked above nearly 20 other U.S. metropolitan cities, according to Inrix’s 2017 traffic scorecard.

The so-called traffic scorecard measured how long often people are stuck in traffic in that area. Phoenix, it found, was the 25th-most congested city in the nation.

Phoenix also ranked as the 63rd-most congested metropolitan city in the world, compared to its ranking last year at No. 54.

The average driver in Phoenix spent about 34 hours in congestion during the peak times on the road last year. In comparison, that number spiked to 102 hours for the Los Angeles area.

Eric Anderson with the Maricopa Association of Government’s transportation department told KTAR News 92.3 FM that the city has some congestion, mostly during rush hour, but compared to other areas it is doing pretty well.

But Anderson said Phoenix had some infrastructure challenges to overcome, including working on improving the highway, road and public transportation systems.

“We need to keep up with growth and keep traffic moving,” he said.

Anderson said city transportation officials are also working to clear crashes off the road faster.

Crashes that occur on freeways during rush hour, even if they are minor, can cause major delays. So if workers can get those cleaned up faster, highways can return to normal conditions faster, he said.

Transportation officials also want to experiment with using technology to provide better traffic information for drivers so they can make better decisions and ultimately save time, Anderson said.

KTAR News’ Jeremy Foster and Nailea Leon contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Unsplash Photo)...
KTAR.com

Chandler police seeking suspect who lured, sexually assaulted child

Police are looking for a suspect after a child was lured away from a bus stop by a man driving a golf cart and sexually assaulted.
18 hours ago
Antonio Raeann (MCSO Mugshot)...
KTAR.com

Glendale woman charged with murder after fatal stabbing of boyfriend

A Glendale woman was arrested on Monday after stabbing her boyfriend multiple times resulting in his death, authorities said.
18 hours ago
(Scottsdale Airport/Facebook Photo)...
SuElen Rivera

Scottsdale Airport to use $5.4M grant to improve capacity issues

Scottsdale Airport will use $5.4 million in federal grant funding to improve its efficiency and capacity, officials announced. 
18 hours ago
The grey 2004 Toyota 4-Runner has a license plate number of "S4A56B." (Peoria Police Department Pho...
KTAR.com

Police seek help finding suspect in carjacking, shooting at Target parking lot in Peoria

Police are seeking a suspect after a man was shot and his vehicle was stolen in a Target parking lot in Peoria on Monday, authorities said.
18 hours ago
(Photo via Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Silver Alert issued for Phoenix woman with cognitive problems

A Silver Alert was issued Wednesday in Phoenix for a missing woman who suffers from cognitive issues.
18 hours ago
Follow @KTAR923...
Sponsored Content by Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
...
CANVAS ANNUITY

Best retirement savings rates hit 4.30%

Maximize your retirement savings with guaranteed fixed rates up to 4.30%. Did you know there is a financial product that can give you great interest rates as you build your retirement savings and provide you with a paycheck for life once you retire? It might sound too good to be true but it is not; this product is called an annuity.
How bad is Phoenix area traffic compared to the rest of nation?