It’s 5pm Somewhere… And That Means It’s Rush Hour!

It’s 5pm Somewhere… And That Means It’s Rush Hour!

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We’ve all been there. After a long and grueling day at work, we finally get in the car and breathe a sigh of relief. FINALLY. It’s time to go home for you…

And the rest of your City!

Phoenix is the fourth largest city in the nation and boy can we feel it when it’s time to go home and rush hour is in full force.

Uncertainty about traffic is a common driving woe, and for the first time, this time last year, researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute have quantified it in their annual national report on traffic congestion in U.S. cities.

Valley traffic is a lot better than many might think -The Phoenix-Mesa metropolitan area is the 13th most populous, but ranks 40th among U.S. cities for the average amount of time motorists spend in traffic jams. So, while many people make a pastime of griping about weather and traffic, freeways move quite well here… err…relatively.

The Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco areas top the list of most congested cities. There, drivers sit in traffic more than 60 hours a year (Phoenix traffic doesn’t seem so bad after all, does it?!) In Phoenix and the valley in general, people spend an average of 35 hours in their cars costing commuters an average of $837 a year in lost time and fuel.

In Maricopa County, the average commute time is 26 minutes, according to U.S. census figures. In rush hour, it’s closer to 31 minutes.

So what’s traffic looking like on your block and how can you steer clear of bumper to bumper traffic?

Let’s take a look:

Commute Time From Phoenix or Cave Creek

between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

 

SubmittedFrom / Commute TimeTo / Method
June 2013Baseline & 75th Ave, Phoenix7th St & Indian School, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteson city streets
Aug 2012E.Thomas Rd & 20th St, PhoenixGlendale Ave & 27th Ave, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteshighways, no HOV
Apr 2012Greenway & I-17, PhoenixThunderbird & Loop 101, Peoria
15 – 30 minuteson city streets
Apr 20127th St & Loop 101, PhoenixPeoria Rd. & I-17
15 – 30 minuteshighways, no HOV
Mar 2012E. Pecks Rd & 24th St, Phoenix91st Ave & Van Buren, Avondale
31 – 45 minuteshighways, uses HOV
Nov 201140th St & Pecos, PhoenixUnion Hills & 40th St, Phoenix
46 – 60 minuteshighways, no HOV
Jul 201144th St & Wsahington, PhoenixSycamore & Main
31 – 45 minutesMETRO Light Rail
Nov 2010Camelback & I-17, PhoenixElliot & I-10, Tempe
15 – 30 minuteshighways, no HOV
Sep 2010Daisy Mountain & I-17, Anthem52nd St & McDowell, Phoenix
46 – 60 minuteshighways, no HOV
Mar 2010Cave Creek & Carefree Highway, Cave Creek12th St & McDowell, Phoenix
46 – 60 minuteson city streets
Jul 200940th St & Greenway, Phoenix75th Ave & Lower Buckeye, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteshighways, no HOV
Jul 200940th St & Cactus, Phoenix7th Ave & Osborn, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteson city streets
Jul 20097th St & Peoria, PhoenixCentral & Washington, Phoenix
31 – 45 minuteson city streets
Jul 20097th St & Peoria, PhoenixCentral & McDowell, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteson city streets
Jul 200912th St & Osborn, Phoenix24th St. & Lincoln, Phoenix
less than 15 minuteson city streets
Jul 200915th St & Mountain View, Phoenix48th St & Broadway, tempe
15 – 30 minuteshighways, no HOV
Jul 2009I-17 & Jomax, PhoenixPriest & Washington, Tempe
31 – 45 minuteshighways, no HOV
Jul 20097th St & Bethany Home Rd, PhoenixPrice Rd & Queen Creek, Chandler
31 – 45 minuteshighways, no HOV
Sep 200848th St & Thomas Rd, PhoenixCentral & Washington, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteshighways, no HOV
Jun 200828th Ave & Thunderbird, Phoenix2nd Ave & Lincoln, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteshighways, no HOV
Feb 200849th St & Shea Blvd, Phoenix7th St & Washington, Phoenix
31 – 45 minuteshighways, no HOV
Nov 2007Pinnacle Peak & Cave Creek, PhoenixEast Hartford Drive & Loop101, Scottsdale
15 – 30 minuteshighways, no HOV
Mar 2007Central Ave & Thomas Rd, Phoenix16th Street & Northern, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteson city streets
Jul 20077th St & Missouri, PhoenixCamelback Rd & Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale
15 – 30 minuteson city streets
Jun 200627th Ave & Glendale, PhoenixGranite Reef & Indian School, Scottsdale
15 – 30 minuteshighways, yes HOV
Mar 200683rd Ave & Encanto, Phoenix7th St & McDowell Rd, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteshighways, no HOV
Jan 200527th Ave & Baseline Rd, Phoenix3rd Ave & Central Ave, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteson city streets
Jan 2005I-17 & Carefree Hwy, PhoenixI-17 & Dunlap, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteshighways, no HOV
Jan 200543rd Avenue & Greenway Rd, Phoenix7th St & Bell Rd, Phoenix
less than 15 minuteson city streets
Jan 200579th Ave & Lower Buckeye Rd, Phoenix2nd Ave & Jackson St, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteson city streets
Jan 2005Carefree Hwy & 48th St, Cave CreekGreenway & Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
31 – 45 minuteson city streets
Jan 2005Guadalupe Rd & I-10, PhoenixCentral Ave & Thomas Rd, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteshighways, no HOV
Jan 200538th St & Thomas Rd, Phoenix43rd Ave and Olive, Glendale
31 – 45 minuteson city streets
Jan 2005Palisades & Saguaro Blvd, Fountain HillsSky Harbor Airport, Phoenix
15 – 30 minuteshighways
Jan 2005Cholla & 44th St, PhoenixRaintree Dr and Hayden Rd, Scottsdale
15 – 30 minuteson city streets
Jan 200516th St & McDowell Rd., PhoenixStapley Rd and McKellips, Mesa
15 – 30 minuteshighways, no HOV
Jan 2005Shea Blvd & 32nd Street, Phoenix16th St & Northern, Phoenix
Less than 15 minuteshighways, no HOV
Jan 20057th St & Northern, Phoenix16th St & Indian School, Phoenix
15-30 minuteson city streets

Remember that congested traffic may lead to car accidents and injuries. Therefore, we recommend keeping a safe distance between yourself and the car in front of you (about 1 car distance between) to avoid rear end accidents and/or 3-car pile up auto accidents.

References: About.Com Phoenix (2015, February 12) Re:Rush Hour Commute Times From Phoenix and Cave Creek [Web chart]. Retrieved from http://phoenix.about.com/library/blcommutephoenix.htm

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