2 Florida Cities Ranked Among The Worst For Holiday Traffic
The remaining weeks of the year can be a lot of fun as we hit the holidays. It also can be full of frustration dealing with the massive amounts of traffic. So, how does Florida fare in terms of ranking the worst cities for holiday traffic and travel in the country?
There are a few different factors to look at here. This Thanksgiving week is one of the year’s highest volume traffic periods. This is especially true the two days before Thursday and the Sunday after, with friends and family traveling to host sites. In addition, these are the typical days when colleges get out for their holiday break.
In a recent feature by U.S. News and World Report, Miami ranked as one of the worst cities in America for traffic. Furthermore, they state Miami was one of five cities to be named among the ten worst cities in the entire world for traffic. The metric examined here was based on “congestion” in these cities.
Miami ranked fifth, and Chicago ranked #1 as the worst. This was largely due to the recorded delay hours and high costs per driver.
Worst Cities For Holiday Travel
Forbes narrowed down traffic concerns in America by focusing on the holiday months. “Historically, visitors to certain cities have faced a greater risk of air travel disruptions, traffic congestion, car accidents and inflated hotel prices during the holiday season,” they said when explaining the large percentage of Americans that travel between Thanksgiving and mid-January.
However, the results for Florida here are not much better. Memphis, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, New York, and Tucson are the five worst cities for holiday travel. In addition, Miami then makes another appearance, ranking number seven. Tampa was the third Florida area to be named in the list of worst cities for holiday travel ranking at number 16.
To compile this ranking, Forbes specifically analyzes three categories: overall driving, air travel and city experience in the greater metro areas.
So, to summarize, Florida is home to three of the worst cities for holiday traffic, according to Forbes. “20.57% of flights out of Tampa were delayed, canceled or diverted during the holiday season between 2018 and 2022,” Forbes said.
If you are traveling in or out of these greater Florida city areas this holiday season and bracing for traffic, it is suggested to aim for off-peak hours as much as possible.