Report Shows Seattle-Tacoma Area Ranks 14 in Traffic Delays

In the 2010 Urban Mobility Report, it was reported that
people in the Seattle-Tacoma Everett region drove 56 million miles, same as the
report findings from 2009 and quite similar to levels in the ‘00s.
In the report,
we remained the number 14 metro area in population and ranked number 12 in
yearly traffic delay, compared to number 11 the year before. Commuter driving
took 27 percent long than going the actual speed limit.

The report showed that drivers spent an average 44 hours a
year in traffic congestion, same as 2009. However, in 1999 it was reported that
Seattle drivers wasted 52 hours in traffic. The city is slowly making an
increase.

It is assumed that within the next quarter century, our
region will rely entirely on bus, carpools, rail, bikes and walking in order to
accommodate population growth.

Now, looking at transit throughout Everett along with
Seattle-Tacoma shows almost a third growth over the decade from 145 million
trips in 2000 to 160 million trips in 2005, to the most recent 187 car trips in
2010.

Obviously gas prices have a major impact on driving.
Predictions by the Department of Transportation for the gas-tax amount show a
gradual decline, which may play a major role on commuters’ decision to drive.
Sound Transit’s East Link light-rail extension will probably not be complete
for at least another decade; therefore driving is not going to diminish
significantly anytime soon.

The Federal Census Bureau survey shows Seattle bicycle
commuting
around 3.6 percent, which is what local advocates have estimated. Portland
remains number one with 6 percent of bicycle commuters.

If you have been the victim of a traffic accident in Washington State contact an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about your legal options. Call Chris Davis at (206) 727-4000 to schedule a free consultation today. Davis Law Group has the answers you are looking for.

In the 2010 Urban Mobility Report, it was reported that people in the Seattle-Tacoma Everett region drove 56 million miles, same as the report findings from 2009 and quite similar to levels in the ‘00s.

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