Not New News: Boston has the worst traffic in the country

Yikes!  We realize that fighting traffic in Boston is a daily occurrence.  No matter how you plan your day, you get stuck!

Well, we haven’t been imagining it!  According to the Boston Herald, Chris Dempsey, director of the advocacy group Transportation for Massachusetts, we spend 14 percent of drive time in bumper-to-bumper traffic – worse than New York City with 13% and LA with 12% – two cities notorious for terrible traffic!  These stats are from INRIX Global Ranking. 

So what do we do?  Well, Mayor Marty Walsh and his administration are thinking outside the box, trying to promote other modes of transportation.  The recent announcement of parking fines increasing – especially for double-parking – will hopefully relieve congestions.  Some of the revenue from these fines will go to create safe bike lanes – another way to alleviate traffic. 

Dempsey admits these solutions will help, the bottom line is that we need to improve public transportation.  We agree  – now lets fix the T!  But until the MBTA improves were going to continue to see traffic!  Have you seen the traffic at Kosciuszko Circle?  The gridlock can start as early at 2pm! 

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.


  1. We’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg on this. There are still quite a few larger firms that haven’t completed their moves downtown from the suburbs. Next year is going to be really, really bad, I bet it spurs some suburban migration.