The Average Dallasite Wasted 59 Hours of Life in Traffic Last Year

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"I might be a few minutes late."
As a recent transplant to Dallas from Austin, where I apparently spent 76 hours in 2013 banging my head against a steering wheel, I have little sympathy for Dallasites. But traffic is traffic is traffic, and it sucks in any form.

TomTom, the company responsible for most in-car navigation and GPS systems, released a report today that listed the top cities in the western hemisphere for traffic congestion. While Dallas didn't fare terribly -- it's the 39th worst city for traffic congestion -- the statistics are still pretty grim.

DFW drivers waster 59 hours sitting in traffic last year, 56 of which were probably on 635. They were an average of 21 minutes late per hour while driving during peak periods, Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons. The best times for driving were Friday mornings and Monday evenings.

In the face of these statistics, some of you might be tempted to ditch the car and take up public transportation. Or walk to work, if you dare. Some of you might choose to bike, if you don't mind helmet hair and being assaulted by rogue paintballers.

Most of you, though, will do the sensible thing and just keep angrily driving. May we suggest a good podcast or two?


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kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Holy shit, following these comments below is like being at a Cream concert circa 1968, on acid; everybody is riffing different parts, going full bore......and I have no idea what is going on. I mean, stuff about accidents, legs being cut off, offering jobs, etc..........holy hell man!


This is what I surmise:

-Merkie is Clapton

-MMK is Jack Bruce

-and The Ruddski is Ginger Baker. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Always head north......ALWAYS!  I avoid Dallas at ALL costs. 

Threeboys
Threeboys

Slightly less than they spent wasted on Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor, Housewives, The Voice......

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

"Wasted 59 hours in traffic" seems, at the least, an inaccurate statement. For most who have indeed suffered the indignities of sitting, parked in gridlock on Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, there is little choice. Sure, we could choose an alternate, more Byzantine route in which we might spend more time closer to the speed limit, but if our time spent in this fashion is out of necessity, how might we accurately consider this to be time "wasted"? Is the implication, then, that this story should serve as an epiphany - the equivalent of a "Wrong Way" sign on the highway of life - and that we all should quit our jobs and become hobos riding the rails, or something?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

That guy who keeps lame-jumping every thirty feet on LBJ only spends 58 hrs, 52 minutes in traffic.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

that's about the same amount of time I waste watching the Cowboys every year.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Out of 8,760 hours in a year, a whopping 59 were spent in traffic?

Man oh man, the horrors of modern city life.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@CogitoErgoSum Correct.  It's not as if those fifty-nine hours are straight-lined over 365 days.  You could get stuck in one hour increments having to pee or something.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ChrisYu

At least in traffic, you get to feel like a winner every now and again.

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

@ChrisYu You should consolidate the misery and drive around while you watch.

observist
observist topcommenter

@TheRuddSki Clearly 59 hours is nothing for someone who spends upwards of 2000 hours a year commenting at least 10 times on every single Unfair Park post.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheRuddSki Take out sleep time and the time that eats into unpaid hours related to work, plus other dedicated non-leisure hours, and the fifty-nine hours seems bigger than how you trivialize it.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @CogitoErgoSum The worst traffic outside of LA Ive ever been stuck in, was leaving TMS after a Nascar race.  4 hrs just to get to the exit gate on the service road.  Needless to say, we camp out now if we go

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @TheRuddSki lame jumping is when the idiot tailgating you while going 5 mph during rush hour, jumps to the next lane in a spot not big enough to get in to almost causing a wreck then slamming his brakes, winding up 5 cars farther back then , jumping lanes again in the next open spot.  Its really lame because it gets you nowhere any faster.  get it, its LAME.  stay i n line and most likely traffic will flow smoother

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

It's a play on words that bus-riders are unlikely to get.

another-observist
another-observist

@observist It becomes clearer by the moment that Ruddski and JoeTone are one in the same, conjoined twins and/or members of the same militia/bagger movement.  It is the only possible rationale behind an editor allowing one commenter to dictate this blog straight down a toilet. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@observist

No, it's not, observer. Not at all. If it upsets you, all the better.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Difference being, I've experienced it in various cities here and overseas, I love cars, I'm part of the Great American Car Culture, started driving sports cars at 14, etc, so I'd rather be stuck in traffic in my Porsche than stopping every two blocks in a stinking, overheated bus with a possible TB-infested seatmate.

You like that, fine! If you're a child of the bus, you're probably not a great driver, stay out of the drivers seat, we won't mind.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I think this is supposed to be an extra 59 hrs in traffic on top of your normal commute.  My drive is 32 minutes each way do lets round an hour.  Using 48 weeks a year I spend 240 hrs commuting, BUT if I rode public trans, it would mean I spend 480 hrs commuting, so traffic really is not that bad for me

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin

I was toying with idea of getting one of these cool Sprinter-based Class B campers and spending a season following NASCAR, rv'ing in the infield, beer, BBQ, brats with the good ol' boys and the Daisy Dukes.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin

lame jumping is when the idiot...

Gets nailed by CHiPs on the 405. Speeding is fine, lame-jumping is a capital offense.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin

This is probably all Greek to a bus woman who is prejudiced against western car culture, along with just about anything that is not Brooklyn, culture-wise.

But she just likes to start trouble.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Anonymous

I'm sorry, dude. Which of my jokes, points, memes or whatever upset you? Never mind, I don't care.

So, how about you, car or bus?

I hope you walk, because generally, I kill off about 15 polar bears a year wandering around the country collecting speeding tickets and I'm hoping somebody offsets my selfishness with Eco-friendly selflessness. And, since I post here so much, maybe you'll consider keeping your complaints to yourself so I have more space to hog.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@TheRuddSki In my retirement years, I will definitely attempt some form traveling the Nascar circuit.  Probably not the whole season, but definitely for a month or 2.  

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

I've been calling it lame-jumping for about 30 years, and yeah, I'm not a good typist on account of my gals usually handled that drudgery for me. Need a job?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Chicks just don't get the connection men have with cars. That's ok, we wouldn't want them trying to emulate us at 160mph.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin @TheRuddSki 

I always thought that I wanted to get rich enough so that I could become a hippy and follow the Grateful Dead around the country and sell tie dye T-shirts.  Then Jerry Garcia had to go and die and ruin my plans ... bummer

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

Two cars I would never own, even if I could afford it.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ozonelarryb

I just can't wrap my head around that.

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