If you live in the Islands, you probably know already, but for the record: Honolulu has some of the worst traffic congestion in the United States. Not only is it bad, it’s gotten worse.
The latest measure of traffic congestion comes from the Tom Tom Traffic Index, a GPS navigational instrument company which measures traffic congestion around the world. Tom Tom says Honolulu ranks third behind Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively, in the U.S.
The problem is getting worse. A recent Honolulu Star Advertiser report indicates that congestion in Honolulu increased three percent from 2013 to 2014.
Honolulu’s overall congestion level – the increase in overall travel times when compared to a free-flow, i.e., uncongested, situation – is 32 percent. The congestion level in Los Angeles is 39 percent and 34 percent in San Francisco. It is 58 percent in Istanbul.
Given the limited land space on Oahu and the fact that Hawaii is a great place to live or visit, it’s no surprise that our roads are crowded.
It’s little comfort, but we should note that Tom Tom’s worldwide survey puts Honolulu at number 43 overall, and that L.A. only makes it into the world’s top 10 by taking the last spot. Istanbul, Turkey, is the most congested city in the world, according to Tom Tom.
The best times to commute in Honolulu are Monday evenings and Friday mornings, while the worst are Tuesdayand Wednesday mornings and Friday evenings, the Star Advertiser’s analysis says.
This year, the Index reveals that evening rush hour is the most congested time of day on virtually every road network, Tom Tom says. If you have to drive during rush hour, you can expect to spend double the free-flow commute time in the car, on average, stuck in traffic.
The Most Clogged Highways in Hawaii
INRIX®, a provider of transportation information and driver services, compiled a list of the most congested traffic corridors in metropolitan areas across North America and a number of interstate highways in Hawaii made the list. They include:
- Interstate H 1 from Koko Head Avenue to HI-61
- Interstate H 1 from Paiwa St. to Moanalua Rd.
- Interstate H 201 from Kaua St. to H 1 in Aiea
- Interstate H 1 from HI-78/Middle St. to St. Vineyard Blvd.
- Interstate H 1 from Aolele St. to Moanalua Rd.
The peak traffic congestion is during the 5 p.m. rush hour on Thursday.