I actually thought this statistic was interesting, but it makes sense if you think about it.
Los Angeles has something of a bad reputation for traffic jams, with its perennially snarled freeways. But, surprisingly, it’s not the worst US city for gridlock, says a new study.
That dubious honor goes to .. Honolulu.
Commuters in the Hawaiian paradise capital spent some 58 hours not moving in their cars last year, said the study which nevertheless put LA in second place, with San Francisco and New York not far behind in the traffic nightmare stakes.
Overall there was at least some good news: traffic congestion was down by 30 percent overall in America, according to the fifth Annual INRIX Traffic Scorecard.
Never been to Hawaii, but I guess people need cars/trucks to get around. Wikipedia tells me Oahu, where Honolulu is, has about a million people on an island the size of 600 square miles, for a population density of roughly 1,500 people per square mile, about 20% higher than the state of New Jersey (which I have been to.) So yeah, I can completely understand why the city would have traffic issues.
Turns out they’re working on a solution, too. It also turns out there’s lawsuits against said solution. All this is news to me, but it seems to be something worth following in the “Things I learned today” category. The city does have a decent walk score, too.
Curious to know what Atrios has to say about it, it’s right in his wheelhouse.