Honolulu has 2nd worst traffic in U.S. in 2013

By Ann Sterling
Published On: Mar 04 2014 12:32:42 PM HST
Updated On: Mar 04 2014 08:38:30 PM HST

The INRIX traffic scorecard just revealed the top cities with the worst traffic.

HONOLULU -

The INRIX National Traffic Scorecard Annual Report says that Honolulu had the second-worst traffic in the U.S. in 2013.

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Just take an example of the H-1 from Waikele to Honolulu.

"Folks spend about two days stright in  traffic a year on that road," said Jim Bak of Inrix.

Drivers spent 60 hours of wasted time in traffic last year, up 10 hours from 2012. In that time you could run 15 marathons, sleep for a week or even watch 30 UH basketball games.

Honolulu is only behind Los Angeles, which had 64 hours of wasted time in traffic.

Overall, Honolulu experienced an 18 percent jump in traffic congestion compared with the previous year. But Bak says a cause behind the clogged highways are tourists.

"What I think is happening is folks on the mainland have money to spend. They are taking big trips to Hawaii," said Bak. "As more tourists come to Hawaii, unfortunately, they are bringing the brunt of the traffic."

But not all agree.

"Our problem is physical volume. Cars are big, roads are small," said Sean Hammond, an Oahu drivier.

Although increases or decreases in employment seemed to be linked with traffic in many U.S. cities, Honolulu wasn't one of them.  Honolulu only had an 0.8 percent employment growth in 2013.

Click here to watch an interview with the author of the report.

The worst freeway corridor in Honolulu stretched from Aolele Street to Moanalua Road.  Moanalua Freeway heading eastbound at Middle Street to the H-1 Freeway at Ward Avenue was the second worst corridor in Honolulu.

Honolulu also held the #2 spot for traffic congestion in 2012 and had the top spot in 2011.

PHOTOS: Traffic gridlock in Honolulu

Click here to see photos of traffic gridlock in Honolulu.

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