Seattle-area commute times trending downward

Drivers in the Seattle area spend less time stuck in traffic than those in similar-size areas around the country, according to a report issued today by the Texas Transportation Institute.

The report finds that while commuters in urban areas of 3 million or more people spend an average of 50 extra hours each year stuck in rush-hour traffic, Seattle’s 2009 average was 44 hours per year, an improvement from 47 hours in 2007. Chicago and Washington, D.C., tied for the longest at 70 hours in 2009.

One might ask, “What does anybody in Texas know about traffic here? Let them try to go from downtown Seattle to Everett at 5 o’clock in the afternoon.” The findings, however, corroborate those of our own state Department of Transportation, which has determined that commute travel times are trending downward.

The state DOT report may be found at, the Texas report at

More in Local News

Suspect sought in two Everett bank robberies

He’s described as 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-1, with dark hair and a goatee, and may have a neck tattoo.

Two missing men found, one alive and one dead

The man found alive was found in an apartment across the hallway and taken to a hospital.

Darrington School Board dealing with upheavals

The crux of the controversy seems to be the superintendent’s job.

Vegas, LA, Phoenix, and more destinations from Paine Field

Alaska Airlines will fly to eight West Coast cities out of Everett starting this fall.

Three teens arrested for Marysville school vandalism

Windows were broken and a trash bin was on fire Sunday night at a Marysville middle school.

Langley mayor threatens newspaper with lawsuit

The mayor threatened to sue the paper over claims he withheld public records disclosure information.

Divers called to recover body after train hits pedestrian

The accident was reported by a BNSF crew near Woods Creek in Monroe.

Marysville police send abandoned, unclaimed bikes to Zambia

“Out where we are, a bicycle is upward mobility,” said Kelly Huckaby, a missionary in Africa.

Man shot dead after argument at bar south of Everett

Police say an employee of the bar shot and killed the man, who had opened fire in the parking lot.

Most Read