I Wonder Where Miami Stands on Traffic Stress

Imagine, New York and Los Angeles are towards the middle of the ranking.  I would think that Miami is in the “Los Angles” range of stress and getting better with the real estate bust and the net outflow of people from Florida.

The daily commute in some of the world’s most economically important international cities is longer and more grueling than before imagined, reflecting the failure of transportation infrastructure to keep pace with economic activity, according to IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) first global Commuter Pain study released today.

IBM surveyed 8,192 motorists in 20 cities on six continents, the majority of whom say that traffic has gotten worse in the past three years. The congestion in many of today’s developing cities is a relatively recent phenomenon, having paralleled the rapid economic growth of those cities during the past decade or two. By contrast, the traffic in places like New York, Los Angeles or London has developed gradually over many decades, giving officials more time and resources to address the problem.

via IBM Press room – 2010-06-30 IBM Global Commuter Pain Study Reveals Traffic Crisis in Key International Cities – United States.

About Stephen E. McGaughey
International consultant in economic development programs and projects

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