Traffic in Phoenix, AZ, United States

We estimate that in this city, due to travelling to work/school, per passenger is produced yearly 1,844.36kg of CO2. It is needed 84.72 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 3.45%
Walking 4.60%
Car 89.66%
Bike 0.00%
Motorbike 0.00%
Bus/Trolleybus 2.30%
Tram/Streetcar 0.00%
Train/Metro 0.00%

Average when primary using Walking

Distance 2.17 km
Walking 23.25 min
Driving Car 2.00 min
Overall 25.25 min

Average when primary using Car

Distance 27.26 km
Walking 0.21 min
Driving Car 30.49 min
Overall 30.69 min

Average when primary using Bus/Trolleybus

Distance 24.66 km
Walking 10.00 min
Waiting 15.00 min
Driving Car 12.50 min
Bus/Trolleybus Ride 52.50 min
Overall 90.00 min

Overall Average Travel Time and Distance to Work (School)

Distance 26.01 km
Overall 31.85 min

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Last update: October 2019

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2 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.