See Washington area traffic pulse throughout the week
MapBox animated a map of Washington-area traffic for the week of Thanksgiving, using data from INRIX.
On their blog, Eric Fischer writes, "I was expecting the greatest congestion to have been on the Wednesday evening before the long Thanksgiving weekend, but it looks like Tuesday was when the roads were actually the busiest."
I'm not sure this is actually so unexpected; the roads in this map are all ones commuters use heavily. Tuesday was a regular work day for many people, plus a lot of people would be traveling out of town on top of that. Wednesday the federal government dismissed early and many people just take the day off or their employers don't expect them to work.
It would be interesting to see a similar map of roads between metro areas and whether the same pattern held or not. Or how the Tuesday in this animation compared to the Tuesday before. Within a metro area, does commuting (where most people are going somewhere within a few hours) actually dwarf holiday travel?
What else do you notice on the animation?
- Fairfax's answer to neighbors' transit plans: Light rail, streetcars, and BRT
- Today's problems were visible decades ago, but zoning has blocked solutions ever since
- Montgomery County added 100,000 residents since 2002, but driving didn't increase
- The DC zoning update has already had triple the public input as the enormous 1958 zoning code. Enough is enough.
- MARC's chief engineer wants to allow bikes on some weekend trains
- Federal board wants "dignified," dull Southwest Waterfront
- Downtown DC could have been more like L'Enfant Plaza