Orlando Area Near the Top Again

I-4 Speed Limit Sign: 50 MPH

of the worst commutes in the country.

Forbes Magazine ranked the 60 largest MSAs and ranked Orlando the fourth worst at 57th out of the 60.

Overall Rank: 57
2007 Travel Delay: 42
Green Commuting: 50
Travel Time: 37

Who was the worst? Tampa/St. Pete. The best? Salt Lake City.

Orlando ranked worse than Los Angeles (51), which we have always aspired to surpass in the lousy traffic department, and way worse than Boston (29). Now when those smarty-pants people tell you how bad the traffic is in Boston, you can prove that we are much worse.

Here is the full story.

This was their criteria:

To find the cities with the best commutes, we measured travel time, road congestion and travel delays for the 60 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the U.S.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, we calculated what percentage of commuters in each metro area took an hour or more to get to work in each of these cities in 2008, the most recent year for which these data are kept.

To find the areas with the fewest cars on the road, we next factored in the percentage of commuters who carpooled or used alternatives to driving like walking, biking or taking public transportation in 2008. We referred to this as the “green commuter” ranking.

Finally, we looked at the Travel Time Index, a measure that the Texas Transportation Institute, a transportation research organization, uses to measure delays. The TTI indicates how long a commute takes during rush hour compared to the same trip in ideal conditions. A short commute is good, but a dependably short commute is even better. The most recent TTI data is from 2007, and was released in July 2009. We ranked the metros on each of those measures, and then averaged the rankings for the final score. We gave heavier weight to travel time and congestion measures, since many of the cities have minimal differences in TTI numbers.

11 replies
  1. Keri
    Keri says:

    Drive time delay = motorists delaying motorists by large fractions of an hour… or sometimes more than an hour… calls out the ridiculous notion our culture has about bicycle drivers in the road.

  2. Rantwick
    Rantwick says:

    +1 for Keri. We’ll patiently, if unhappily, sit in a traffic jam forever, but can’t bear to lose the precious seconds lost to some stupid bicycle.

  3. Steve A
    Steve A says:

    That Rantwick is a notorious militant anti-cyclist. One has only to watch any of his cycling videos to reach that conclusion. I never quite understood that – until just a couple of minutes ago.

    Dallas also ranks lousy, but I rarely get delayed, and never when I ride my bike to work, except when I have to wait for the freight elevator to take me and my bike upstairs, or the shower is occupied.


  4. JohnB
    JohnB says:

    Hey, Boston’s still gotta rank #1 in the City in Which You are Most Likely to Get Lost Just Trying to Go Around the Block category! Love those paved-over cow paths they call streets! 😉

  5. eddie
    eddie says:

    That’s funny. I guess it’s urban form is crazy from lake mary to kissimee, but as a cyclist, I think back fondly of my commutes, skirting lakes and live oaks, the night flowering jasmine, the beer bottles whizzing by my head…..

    we are the lucky ones.

  6. Orlando Airport Parking
    Orlando Airport Parking says:

    I’d like to think that tourists have something to do with this poor rating, but I dont see alot of people riding around I-Drive. An old friend of mine was recently struck by a car near downtown Orlando. Thank god he’s ok, but it just renforces this poor rating.

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