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Bridgeport area 6th worst traffic in America

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Edison, NJ

#1 Apr 24, 2013
Commuters in the Bridgeport metropolitan area took an extra week of vacation last year, only they spent it sitting in traffic.
The achingly slow crawls south at sunrise and north at night may be nothing new for commuters in southwestern Connecticut but they are getting worse.
So says a report issued Wednesday by INRIX, a traffic services provider based in Washington, that ranked traffic in the Bridgeport metropolitan area as the sixth worst in the nation in 2012.
All that time sipping coffee and listening to talk radio behind the wheel added up to an average of 39 hours per commuter last year, according to the report.
And drive-time is only getting drearier.
According to data released by INRIX, commuters found themselves in traffic for 16 percent more time in the first three months of 2013 than they did in the first quarter of 2012.
None of that is news to Dave Salpietro, a commercial roofer from Norwich who works out of Bridgeport and stopped to gas up at the Mobil station on Interstate 95 north in Fairfield on Wednesday.
Working at times as far north as Massachusetts and as far south as New Jersey, he's gotten painfully familiar with the ebb and flow of I-95's congestion over the years.
"If I go to work and I head north it's not a problem. If I've got to head south -- can't do it," he said. "Once you start hitting 6:30, 7 o'clock (am) at exit 25 in Bridgeport -- that's it."
But that's actually a good thing, at least as far as the authors of the report are concerned.
Though the effect can be aggravating, the cause of increased traffic is one the metro area and country have been clamoring for for years: economic growth.
Ultimately, as more people find work more commuters have to hit the highway and traffic congestion increases.
Across the country, congestion on commuter corridors in each of the first three months of this year increased over levels recorded in 2012, which falls in line with a 1.3 percent increase in employment over that time, the report claims.
"While bad news for drivers, the gains we've seen in the U.S.... are cause for some optimism about the direction of the economy," Bryan Mistele, INRIX president and chief executive officer, said in a news release.
Wondering which are the worst times to drive in the area?
If you're heading north on I-95, it will take the entire 5 p.m. hour on Fridays to drive the 22.2 miles from exit 2 in Greenwich to exit 21 in Fairfield. Moving at a speed of just over 20 mph, that amounts to about a 40 minute delay, according to data compiled by INRIX.
That trip made the I-95 north corridor in southwestern Connecticut the 42nd most congested corridor in the country in 2012.
"Friday night's terrible," Salpietro said. "Coming up 95 I've had it take me four or five hours to Bridgeport from the New York line."
The Merrit Parkway was a bit more forgiving in 2012. According to INRIX, the longest drives home on Route 15 north occur in the 4 p.m. hour on Fridays, during which commuters will spend about 30 minutes travelling the 12.8 miles from exit 33 to exit 42 -- amounting to a 20-minute delay.
That trip made the Merrit the 120th most congested corridor in the country in 2012.
It may not feel like it, but the numbers show the morning commute to be a bit easier.
Driving south on I-95 from exit 20 to exit 13 -- a distance of 10.8 miles -- during the 8 a.m. hour on Thursdays would take between 20 and 30 minutes at an average speed of about 30 mph, making for a delay of about 15 minutes.
That trip stood out as only the 154th worst in the country last year.

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#2 Apr 24, 2013
Bridgeport is the worst city to retired in.
Lifeisshort

United States

#3 Apr 25, 2013
Too many foreigners driving cars that do NOT know the rules of the road. Besides not being able to speak ENGLISH they believe that they're still in their own country, driving recklessly like they're used to. Maybe that's the way people drive where they come from but over here in the USA we have road rules. I wonder if any of them even read the driving manual. Probably had a friend at the DMV who passed them through. Just don't get in the way of my Hummer.

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#4 Apr 25, 2013
Lifeisshort wrote:
Too many foreigners driving cars that do NOT know the rules of the road. Besides not being able to speak ENGLISH they believe that they're still in their own country, driving recklessly like they're used to. Maybe that's the way people drive where they come from but over here in the USA we have road rules. I wonder if any of them even read the driving manual. Probably had a friend at the DMV who passed them through. Just don't get in the way of my Hummer.
You are so right... it's so true. Most of the insane idiots who are weaving thru traffic are young hispanics. They think its a big video game.
No you are

Trenton, NJ

#5 Apr 25, 2013
I can't stand the drivers flying down the highways, while texting/talking and getting pissed at you if you don't want to do 85. And they are not kids, they are professionals and soccer moms. With their kids in the car.

I could never do the Fairfield to Stamford route, I'd be on the news with road rage.
BPT

Sherman, CT

#6 Apr 25, 2013
with all the huge cities in america, i still find this statistic hard to believe.
America Gentleman Samuel

East Hampton, CT

#7 Apr 25, 2013
If I still drove Bridgeport would be #1 in worse places to drive.

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#8 Apr 25, 2013
No you are wrote:
I can't stand the drivers flying down the highways, while texting/talking and getting pissed at you if you don't want to do 85. And they are not kids, they are professionals and soccer moms. With their kids in the car.
I could never do the Fairfield to Stamford route, I'd be on the news with road rage.
I just gave up a gorgeous home and yard to avoid an hour long commute that almost killed me once. All I-95 driving. There's no way I could do another 15 years of that and not be killed or arrested for road rage. I like to cruise at 60-65 getting my 50mpg and stay in the middle or right lane... fuck all that swerving from lane to lane, it doesnt' even do any good in the long run.
If its this bad now, what is it going to be like in 10 years?

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#9 Apr 25, 2013
BPT wrote:
with all the huge cities in america, i still find this statistic hard to believe.
Those lists are all b.s. I'll never forget about 15 years ago, Danbury, CT was declared the 'best place to live' in america. Yeah, right?????
Lifeisshort

United States

#10 Apr 26, 2013
Citizen44 wrote:
<quoted text>
I just gave up a gorgeous home and yard to avoid an hour long commute that almost killed me once. All I-95 driving. There's no way I could do another 15 years of that and not be killed or arrested for road rage. I like to cruise at 60-65 getting my 50mpg and stay in the middle or right lane... fuck all that swerving from lane to lane, it doesnt' even do any good in the long run.
If its this bad now, what is it going to be like in 10 years?
You are so right, Citizen44. I traveled the Parkway for several years and I can't understand those idiots who are a foot away from your bumper while I'm doing 60-65 IN THE RIGHT LANE!! And it's people who you wouldn't expect to do that - soccer moms with kids in the car probably late getting to the game! Dumb idiots.
If the State needs funds to fix the roads just have the state troopers patroling the Parkway and issue tickets to these retards. Right now there is no control on the way people are driving on this road. Issue tickets and the State will have more than enough money to fix ANYTHING.
The main reason for the traffic jams are that people are tailgating, and when a brake light goes on for some reason everyone else applies their brakes. Now everyone slows down and traffic piles up. Simple physics and logic. Drivers need to keep their distance but some just do not get it. They HAVE to get where they're going and put everyone else in danger, even their children.
LynneB

Waterford, CT

#11 Apr 26, 2013
Amen, everyone! I used to do the I-95 dance every day from Milford to Westport and then back again. Talk about a nightmare! Now I go to New Haven and back everyday, and it's SO much better. There are still maniacs though, who crowd your bumper but at least there's less of them!
No you are

Trenton, NJ

#12 Apr 26, 2013
Citizen44 wrote:
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I just gave up a gorgeous home and yard to avoid an hour long commute that almost killed me once. All I-95 driving. There's no way I could do another 15 years of that and not be killed or arrested for road rage. I like to cruise at 60-65 getting my 50mpg and stay in the middle or right lane... fuck all that swerving from lane to lane, it doesnt' even do any good in the long run.
If its this bad now, what is it going to be like in 10 years?
Every single day I see the serving in/out of traffic at excessive speeds, How come the state cops never seem to be around then? Also the state cops need to change their "hiding" spots. Everyone who make a daily commute knows where they are and slow down before they get there.

Going home last night I saw a stupid boy merging onto the highway trying to pass a driver who had just merged on as well, he nearly ran the guy off the road.

That really and truly sucks about your house.
No you are

Trenton, NJ

#13 Apr 26, 2013
LynneB wrote:
Amen, everyone! I used to do the I-95 dance every day from Milford to Westport and then back again. Talk about a nightmare! Now I go to New Haven and back everyday, and it's SO much better. There are still maniacs though, who crowd your bumper but at least there's less of them!
My husband does Fairfield to Stamford. The drive started to give him chest pains. He takes the train now.
No name

Terre Haute, IN

#14 Apr 27, 2013
America Gentleman Samuel wrote:
Bridgeport is the worst city to retired in.
I retired in Bridgeport and find it delightful. All we need now is Johnson Avenue finished. What a mess. What in the world is holding up the work. I would think 3 years is enough. But people really make their homes and yards beautiful.
try THIS while driving

Monroe, CT

#15 Apr 27, 2013
Lifeisshort wrote:
You are so right, Citizen44. I traveled the Parkway for several years and I can't understand those idiots who are a foot away from your bumper while I'm doing 60-65 IN THE RIGHT LANE!! And it's people who you wouldn't expect to do that - soccer moms with kids in the car probably late getting to the game!
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The main reason for the traffic jams are that people are tailgating, and when a brake light goes on for some reason everyone else applies their brakes.
Usually when getting tailgated I move my left foot over just enough to touch the brake pedal and get the brakelights on. Usually they nail their brakes. Once in a while they try a dive toward the side of the road. fuhhh-NEE! All of a sudden they get REAL small in the rearview mirror.

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#16 Apr 28, 2013
No name wrote:
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I retired in Bridgeport and find it delightful. All we need now is Johnson Avenue finished. What a mess. What in the world is holding up the work. I would think 3 years is enough. But people really make their homes and yards beautiful.
You're funny!

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#17 Apr 28, 2013
I'm really kinda heartened that the rest of you see it like I do. Let's hope more people wake up and recognize the insanity out there!

Since: Aug 10

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#18 Apr 28, 2013
Very true, Citizen.
Lifeisshort

United States

#19 Apr 28, 2013
try THIS while driving wrote:
<quoted text>Usually when getting tailgated I move my left foot over just enough to touch the brake pedal and get the brakelights on. Usually they nail their brakes. Once in a while they try a dive toward the side of the road. fuhhh-NEE! All of a sudden they get REAL small in the rearview mirror.
It's even better when their passenger is drinking something, THEN tap your brakes. Ooops. Coffee all over the window and themselves. Serves 'em right.

Since: Aug 10

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#20 Apr 28, 2013
#19 is correct.

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