Traffic in Phoenix, AZ, United States

We estimate that in this city, due to travelling to work/school, per passenger is produced yearly 1,766.65kg of CO2. It is needed 81.15 trees for each passenger to produce enough oxygen to cover that. Formulas used for this estimation

Main Means of Transportation to Work or School

Working from Home 2.86%
Walking 10.00%
Car 85.71%
Bike 0.00%
Motorbike 0.00%
Bus/Trolleybus 1.43%
Tram/Streetcar 0.00%
Train/Metro 0.00%

Average when primary using Walking

Distance 4.58 km
Walking 41.86 min
Driving Car 5.71 min
Overall 47.57 min

Average when primary using Car

Distance 26.82 km
Walking 0.03 min
Driving Car 30.17 min
Overall 30.20 min

Average when primary using Bus/Trolleybus

Distance 30.00 km
Driving Car 25.00 min
Bus/Trolleybus Ride 45.00 min
Overall 70.00 min

Overall Average Travel Time and Distance to Work (School)

Distance 24.58 km
Overall 32.57 min

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Last update: October 2018

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4 Comments so far

#Dave Gillespie on Aug 17, 2016 :
In Phoenix, the private auto is really the only viable mode. Work areas are spread out so much that no public transport fits needs. Even have two (2) "downtowns". Traffic really isn't that bad except during normal rush times. HOV lanes are not usually very well filled.

Worse, the powers that be have ordained a light rail system which for the vast majority of people represents little more than a tourist ride, because it doesn't help them. Most Phoenix people aren't college students or financial workers. The rail system was sold to the public before buses were truly being used. The train appearance reminds one of a Disney ride. The costs of building and maintaining this boondoggle are out of sight. Some bureaucrat's toy train set at our expense. Popular during formative stages and planning by people who want you to ride the train so they have less traffic to contend with.

Read with delight the poor souls who apparently haven't had much driving experience in large cities. Get over it! Or better yet, stay home.
#James on Feb 29, 2016 :
Traveling in Phoenix is very easy by car and traffic very light compared to other places. If you do not drive at least semi-aggressively in rush hour, you will be going no where. People here drive extremely fast and if you see someone coming up behind you faster than you are going, do yourself a favor and get out of the way because they will ride so close to you that you will not be able to let off the gas without getting rear ended. On the freeway, if you are not going 80 then you are not going fast enough as that is the minimum that people go. Some people decide that the freeway is a race track and you will regularly see people going well over 100. If you come to a complete stop at stop signs than you will be flipped of, honked at, and possibly rear ended. As don going said, there are very few fender benders and most accidents render the vehicles inoperable. As with other city's, when there is an accident or someone pulled over or anything on the side of the highway, people slam their brakes to look and then there is some guy in his Honda Civic trying to go 95 passed all the stopped cars. DO NOT TRY TO BE A COP OR A HEROIC DRIVER BY TRYING TO ENFORCE THE LAW, you will most likely be brake checked, rear ended, shot, ran off the road, or have the cops called on you. I have seen plenty of idiots try to make fast drivers slow down by catching up to them (ironic) and then pulling in front of them and slowing down or brake checking them. They are usually ran off the road, brake checked or some other form of road rage. Overall, people drive like assholes so beware.
#don goins on Apr 18, 2015 :
Drivers in Phoenix are very aggressive and there's no need for them to be. I would classify traffic here as light to moderate. A comparison: I live 30 miles from Sky Harbor and it takes 30 minutes to get there. When I lived in Seattle I lived about 30 miles away from SeaTac. It took over an hour to get there. Of course there is the morning and afternoon congestion.

As far as the aggressive drivers, this is what you need to know. When you are at a light turning left and the light turns green, you better take a pregnant pause before you go. There is always some joker flying through the red light at 100 mph. I have yet to see a fender bender in Phoenix. It is full on collisions with exploded cars and trucks and aid cars hauling off the injured. Yet there is no reason for it. It's the middle of the day and there's no traffic. It boggles my mind. Oh, btw, the guy behind you at the light will honk the moment the light turns green. Look before you turn.

What about rights turns? Also be careful. Another car might be a quarter mile away but if you turn into "their" lane they will speed up and begin honking and riding your bumper. Absolutely no reason for this. If they had just maintained their speed there wouldn't be a problem but I guess for some reason they think you've violated their space. The crazy thing is there is one or two other wide open lanes they could move into.

Making a right turn. Expect more honking and bird flying when the driver behind you expects you to execute a Fast and Furious E-brake 90 degree right turn maneuver at 40 mph. I have seen many right turn collisions with exploded vehicles.

Honking. Phoenix drivers love to honk their horns. Again, there's no reason for it. You can execute a proper turn, lane change, or (God forbid) actually stop at a red light and get a honk.

To summarize: There's no real traffic problems but the drivers act like there is. Stupid, stupid driving.
#Carolyn on Feb 06, 2015 :
Phoenix is a very sprawling city, so the fastest way to get about is by car. There is a light rail now that goes from the city center to as far out as Tempe as well as the bus system. Also covering sidewalks with canopies would be very helpful in the summer (this is the desert). More people would walk places then.