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[–]bostonthrowaway135Boston 569 points570 points  (52 children)

It’s likely a combination of many factors.

1) MBTA is less reliable than in the past which causes more people to drive.

2) Memorial Day weekend travel

3) Lots of visitors for college graduations and events such as Boston Calling

4) Post Pandemic commute times are different than in the last. Work is more flexible- many people can now leave “early”, which really means traffic is just earlier.

5) 93 is always bad anyways

6) Our infrastructure is crumbling- leads to lots of construction

[–]schillerstone 142 points143 points  (23 children)

Great list but I'd add building construction blocking off roads

[–]Its_me_mikey 144 points145 points  (18 children)

Then I’ll go ahead and add cell phone use too. Texting and driving is rarely if ever enforced and seems like most of these traffic jams are from accidents.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 127 points128 points  (8 children)

Honestly the phone use for some people is downright scary and they shouldn't be on the road at all

[–]Its_me_mikey 32 points33 points  (0 children)

You’re damn right they shouldn’t!

[–]pyroaquatics 32 points33 points  (2 children)

I’ve been guilty of glancing at my phone to see if a text or incoming call is important and even just looking away for half a second makes me feel guilty, but I see so many people just driving around holding their phones literally in front of their face. Truly terrifying

[–]bb5199 3 points4 points  (1 child)

You're part of the problem.

[–]eladts 16 points17 points  (0 children)

just looking away for half a second makes me feel guilty

You should. Even at a low speed of 25 mph your car moves 18 feet in half a second.

[–]TheLilLebowski3 7 points8 points  (3 children)

I saw a guy driving a truck with an iPad in his hands on 93 last month. So scary

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Probably wearing slides or flip flops as well

[–]Revolutionary_Elk981 6 points7 points  (1 child)

There was a woman going about 65 in the fast lane on 93. Everyone kept passing her while I was hoping she would do the right thing and move over. I decided to pass her as I got close to my exit. I looked over to see what she was doing. SHE WAS EATING A BOWL OF CEREAL! Or soup. Either way she had a bowl and a spoon. I was blown away.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What in the actual fuck tho🤷🏼‍♀️ I've eaten while driving but you know a sandwich 🥪

[–]RickWest495 33 points34 points  (1 child)

You can add people weaving in and out of traffic with no blinkers on. The 4 lane change is becoming normal. I have seen multiple accidents from that maneuver.

[–]Mofo-Pro 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That's gotta be the majority of accidents that happen out here. People driving too goddamn aggressively and not using their turn signals

[–]Lumpy_Reaction_5351 8 points9 points  (2 children)

We need real enforcement of the no handheld use law. I totally get not wanting to pull people over for cell phone usage. It's dangerous for all parties involved but in California they managed to do it with camera enforcement and there's really no reason we couldn't implement that here. Throw in traffic cameras for blocking intersections and bus lane violations and who knows things might improve

[–]Revolutionary_Elk981 0 points1 point  (1 child)

If there’s a statey on the side of the highway people stomp their brakes and act as though the speed limit is 55 mph

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 0 points1 point  (0 children)

EVERY DAMN TIME!!! Like just keep it moving at the 70-75 y'all know he's gonna let us get away with it, shit even 80 they drive here too! Last time I was pulled over by a statie it was for not wearing a seatbelt

[–]ngod87 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This too. Just yesterday traffic was coming to a stop due to a breakdown and someone slammed on the brakes next to me and I can hear the tire screeching for at least 5 seconds. People are distracted and don’t give AF.

[–]Urbanmud 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I saw a guy watching CNN on his phone while driving. In the LEFT lane. SMH

[–]Its_me_mikey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good god. Now THAT is addiction

[–]theshoegazer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Cell use definitely is a factor. A lot of times, a green light that should be letting 20 cars through is letting 3 get through, between cross traffic blocking the box, jaywalkers, and people playing with their phones when the light changes.

[–]big_fartzMelrose 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I feel like someone approved a bunch of things to just completely fuck all the traffic up.

[–]scottieducati 15 points16 points  (0 children)

More like a queue of projects that never ends was exacerbated during the pandemic…

[–]savory_thing 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Summer road construction season too

[–]Maxpowr9Metrowest 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The annual filling of the potholes and tree trimmings.

[–]oneMadRssn 17 points18 points  (1 child)

  1. Flexible/hybrid work schedules means fewer people are buying monthly T passes, and instead driving in on the few days per week they need to be in.

[–]Hottakesincoming 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I really think people underestimate how much the commuter rail pricing structure (including parking) effects traffic.

[–]vhalros 12 points13 points  (0 children)

1) MBTA is less reliable than in the past which causes more people to drive.

This right here. There is no functional transportation system here with out a functional public transit system. If the MBTA is screwed, we are all screwed.

[–]off_and_on_again 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Graduation + Alumni Events after graduation. It's just a busy time of year.

[–]UltravioletClearanceArlington 63 points64 points  (11 children)

7) We priced people who actually use public transit out of public transit range, and replaced them with rich people who drive their Range Rovers into the city from Somerville because they think public transit is for poor people.

[–]iBarber111East Boston 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Woah woah the Range Rovers are coming from Cambridge :). The highest trim Subaru Outback that somehow MSRP's for $40k is from Somerville.

[–]BradDaddyStevens 19 points20 points  (9 children)

Sorry, but I really don’t think this is the main issue, and it’s a lazy cop out.

I live in a city now with great public transit and much better bike infrastructure, and almost everyone - including many of the type of people you’re referring to - use it cause it’s better, faster, and more convenient than driving.

The T’s main problem is absolutely one of quality, rather than some sort of weird wide scale elitism.

[–]UltravioletClearanceArlington 10 points11 points  (8 children)

Nah, it's age and design. It's the oldest mass transit system in the country. You just can't make it faster than driving without rebuilding everything. And it was designed with a hub and spoke model so it will never be fast or convenient for suburb-to-suburb trips.

[–]vhalros 16 points17 points  (0 children)

The age of the system causes certain problems, but its not really a fundamental limitation of the system. For one thing, its only the "oldest" if you count from when the green line first opened, but its not as if the entire system suddenly sprung up in 1897. For another, there are plenty of old subways systems in the world that run much better. Even the T was already faster than driving for many peak hour trips just a few years ago. The problem is its old and poorly maintained, and has not seen sufficient updates and expansions as the metro regions has grown.

The hub and spoke model isn't exactly immutable either.

[–]developingstory 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Modernity has little to do with it. The train pulls up, you sit down, and after some time u get off. The problem is more likely that most commuters have to drive to a T station with limited parking just to use it. Oak Grove and Malden Center were mad houses at 5 am and several times I thought parking disputes were going to come to blows. I hustled to find and afford to live near a T stop so that I’d never depend on driving to get to work. My blood pressure simply can’t handle that shit at the start of each workday.

[–]BradDaddyStevens 8 points9 points  (4 children)

This defeatist attitude is bullshit, these are things you ABSOLUTELY can fix.

I mean there’s nothing stopping us from building a ring line, for example.

[–]No-Philosophy8331 0 points1 point  (3 children)

where though, cant run it along 495 way too many hills

[–]CJYP 6 points7 points  (2 children)

A ring line would probably be best going much closer to the city anyway - somewhere it can hit all the subway lines. It would cost more that way, but it would be more useful too.

One option is to make it brt instead of train - as long as it actually has its own bus lanes and is frequent, it can be built pretty cheaply and provide a good level of service.

[–]No-Philosophy8331 2 points3 points  (0 children)

i like the idea of brt, it’s more of the fact that the T i think would have to buy out the regional systems that are currently in those such areas. The T barely operates in Peabody. Which makes the T basically 100% useless to me. I have ONE singular bus stop near me, and it takes it goes to the northshore mall. which is half a mile from my house but i do agree we need a damn ring or better yet connection between north and south station

[–]BradDaddyStevens 0 points1 point  (0 children)

BRT has really only been successful in cities with extremely low cost of living. It is inherently a bad choice in a city like Boston in like 90% of implementations.

It’s low capacity and high operating cost.

We’re much better off building an automated metro line that runs a rough route of JFK/UMASS, up through mass ave, to central sq, up through somerville, through Chelsea and revere and potentially up to wonderland.

Expensive up front, but cheaper long term and immediately an enormous upgrade to the whole system - expands access and improves redundancy so that maintenance isn’t a big deal. Can run trains every 90 seconds as well which would be a huge boon to the whole reliability of the system.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lots of the burbs have paved over railroad tracks and made walking trails so they're not going to ever get those back and getting new ones approved would be a huge fight

[–]LdnFN 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I’m going to add that it’s also graduation season.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It was getting worse before that but it surely doesn't help

[–]Wooden-Letter7199 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Don’t forget our do-nothing state government neglecting this and almost every other major problem in this state

[–]sunnyd311 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I also think more people are being flushed out of the city due to housing costs and now have to commute in?...it's too bad we don't have some sort of subway system that people could use to commute. Ha!

[–]MatchPuzzleheaded590 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What about idiots getting in three car rollovers

[–]theshoegazer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also, at least in my case - increasing rents mean I live further away from the city, and out of reach of reliable transit.

[–]asicarii 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Well number 6 is everywhere in the US and MA has better roads than most. Recall the bridge collapse over the highway outside of Atlanta. SC also has horrid roads. California traffic is a thing of nightmares.

[–]bostonthrowaway135Boston 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Massachusetts ranks in the bottom 15 in terms of roads in several different rankings. Certainly not better than most

[–]asicarii 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I guess when I was reading back the article which based danger to drive. No good roads here here in the US. Going from SC to NC is heavenly when you can cross that 85 border. Boston is a pain between storrowing and non city drivers having no clue what to do in a lot of small way non grid. They also potholes that are reported within 1-2 days if reported.

[–]operator1069 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd add the amount of new large apartment complexes and new homes in the suburbs, increasing the population going into the city for work.

[–]G2KY 195 points196 points  (37 children)

As a non-driving, T-dependent person, the problem is MBTA. Last year, same distance was taking 40-45 minutes. Now, it takes 1 hr to 1:15 hr. By car, it takes 20 mins. I will switch to car, too if MBTA does not get better.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 38 points39 points  (25 children)

Was just having this conversation with my son who's trying to figure out the best route for his new job in the Seaport district from Medford

[–]DougNSteveButabi 45 points46 points  (1 child)

Sullivan station, or Wellington, to downtown crossing. It’s just the orange line so no switching over. The walk from downtown to seaport is 10-15 minutes with lots of food on the way. It’s the best way to ensure there’s minimal delays. Only ride one line, and walk everything you can.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 11 points12 points  (0 children)

He definitely needs to incorporate more walking into his life

[–]fatnoahWest End 32 points33 points  (5 children)

I'm not sure where in Medford your son is, but I commute via the Lowell line CR and then take the seaport ferry from North Station to the Seaport (dock is in front of the ICA).

The ferry is amazing and runs every 20 minutes during commute tines. HOWEVER, it's run by the convention center so T pass doesn't work. That works for me since I go to the office 3 days, which means a pass isn't worth it anyway and I just commute a-la-carte.

It's both faster and far more pleasant than walking or doing the Orange/Green to Red to Silver subway shuffle.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Oh that's fantastic I'm screenshoting this and sending it to him because that was what he was thinking he needed to do the orange to green to silver he's right by wellington so he'd have to take the orange for like 2 stops for the commuter rail? And honestly that sounds like a calmer way to start the day . Thanks so much!!

[–]fatnoahWest End 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Awesome, here's a link to the schedule: https://seaportferry.com/schedule/

Depending on the company, free or discounted fare might be available. Otherwise it's $5 each way. All fares are obtained through their app.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you so much for the information and your help . Have a great weekend 😁

[–]Tink1024 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I worked in Seaport & took Orange to State & just walked down Congress St. it was much less stress inducing than switching all those lines. The only time it was truly horrible was ice or sweltering weather… but the ferry sounds nice too!

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[–]chystatrsoup 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Imo the only way to get in and out of seaport is biking....

from Medford

Oh nevermind 😬

[–]-CalicoKitty-Somerville 7 points8 points  (6 children)

My wife takes the red line to south station and either walks or takes the silver line.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 4 points5 points  (5 children)

That was an option we talked about as well

[–]igotyourphone8Somerville 5 points6 points  (4 children)

That's what I did before the pandemic. Now I take the Green Line on the Medford/Tufts branch, transfer at Park Street to the Red, then walk from South Station.

Depending on where in Seaport your son will be working, it's a really beautiful walk.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 2 points3 points  (3 children)

It supposedly was supposed to be an easier name for me to remember but 24 hrs later and it's gone so some IT building so that could be anywhere 🤣🤣🤣 but I'm all about encouraging him walking more! He's a 15 -20 min walk to Wellington so that would be his base station so to say .

[–]-CalicoKitty-Somerville 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Most Seaport companies are grouped in a relatively small area. I would probably walk from State if the weather is nice, otherwise transfer at DTX and take the silver line from South Station.

[–]igotyourphone8Somerville 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Another option too is they started running the ferry from, I believe, North Station to Seaport for the season. I think it drops off at around the ICA.

That'll be more expensive, but could always be a fun change of pace.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He likes spending 💰 we grew up poor and he's doing well for himself so he's still in the flashy stage of his life lol ( he does invest as well ) and I can't be more prouder of his life ❤️

[–]Sovereign_BC 4 points5 points  (8 children)

I drive and park in Chelsea and ride the Silver line. Works good.

Source: I go from Peabody to the Seaport.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 2 points3 points  (2 children)

He doesn't drive at all

[–]Sovereign_BC 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Uber? The bus into the seaport from Chelsea SL3 is 2.50 cents and a lot of money is saved just doing that

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's on the table for options for him .. he loves his Uber 😅 my kids amaze me with how well they have adjusted to the no car life they've gotten permits over the years and one finally at 26 got his license last year. I had a car before my license I still drive all over the place lol

[–]SavingsJada 0 points1 point  (4 children)

How much do you have to pay to park in Chelsea?

[–]Sovereign_BC 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I shouldn’t go around telling people but just park at the Market Basket next to the station. Been doing it for years with no issue. Massive lot and I’m not the only one who does it.

[–]SavingsJada 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Lonely_Ad8983 0 points1 point  (1 child)

They probably just assume it's an employee car anyway at this point lol

[–]Sovereign_BC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

yeah the management doesn't seem to care either way, its nice

[–]frosted_flakes565 4 points5 points  (6 children)

It's not only less reliable, it's also less safe. Many of my friends and coworkers have switched to driving and/or flex their time to make sure they arrive home before dark due to safety concerns. Big transit hubs like Quincy and Downtown Crossing are really sketchy places now. Last year, someone harassed me and attempted to steal my bag on the red line (during the day!).

[–]pat58000Allston/Brighton 1 point2 points  (5 children)

[–]zombiezebra89 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Interestingly, in the link you provided 2021 was the ONLY year with zero MBTA deaths.

A couple deaths a year is still less than 400 car crashes, but apparently several deaths a year and hundreds of injuries (even in 2021) is normal for the MBTA system.

And the massdot MBTA death/injury count includes only deaths actually caused by MBTA issues, not jumpers or injuries caused by the individual to themselves.

[–]pat58000Allston/Brighton 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Ya I mean it's not 100% safe and there should be more done to make it safer, I just took issue with the idea that cars are safer than the MBTA which is objectively false in all metrics.

I also can't really say I blame them for not counting suicides in the count, if you go out of your way to use something in a way to cause harm to yourself its not really a reflection on the safety of the system. I could purposely drive a car into a wall and I don't think that that should be counted for car safety metrics for instance. This is also not to say that they shouldn't take more precautions to make it harder to attempt suicide using the trains, just that intentional vs negligent injuries/deaths is a reasonable distinction to make imo.

[–]frosted_flakes565 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Definitely NOT false in all metrics that aren't death. How about assault? Sexual harrassment?

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I honestly cannot think of a single thing that could stop the individual who chooses this method at any type of station there's way too many variables.

[–]frosted_flakes565 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't think that death should be the only metric of safety here. You are infinetely more likely to get assaulted or harassed on the T than inside your own car, and that can be traumatic. I'm guessing you're a man, so this probably doesn't even cross your mind. But a young woman will be thinking about this every time she steps foot on the train. I know that I personally feel more relaxed driving around in my car. I always need to be on high alert on the T.

[–]goodandweevil 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This. When I started my job- just an orange line commute- it took 35-40min door to door. It’s now taking at least an hour. I have two little kids and am on a tight schedule, and those extra 20-30 minutes are coming at a steep price.

[–]agu-gRed Line 101 points102 points  (1 child)

the T sucks and people working from home on Mondays and Friday means Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are fucked

[–]Andrew-23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Getting a permanently remote job was one of the best things that's ever happened to me, mostly due to not having to take the T into Downtown every day.

[–]RickWest495 62 points63 points  (12 children)

Pandemic changed everything. The rush hour does end a little earlier than it used too. But Tuesday’s and Thursday’s are now the busiest days.

[–]SingleAlmond 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I've noticed that too. The bridge from Quincy to Dorchester has light traffic on Mon and Fri, but it's hell on Tues-Thurs

[–]RektCompass 1 point2 points  (10 children)

Not too sure about that, I left a job in 2018 because the commute had gotten 3x longer than it was in 2012

[–]RickWest495 9 points10 points  (9 children)

5 times? Really? So a one hour drive now takes five hours? I drive for a living and that’s not my experience. The middle of the rush hour is crowded. But pre-pandemic, the rush hour lasted until 8pm. Now there is free moving traffic at 6:30pm some days. The patterns are different.

[–]EventuallyUnrelated 14 points15 points  (5 children)

Its hilarious when people say literally when they literally dont mean it

[–]RickWest495 18 points19 points  (0 children)

It’s also hilarious when people make exaggerated statements and after they are called on it, they go back and edit the comment so that now the responses look exaggerated.

[–]some1saveusnow 1 point2 points  (3 children)

The dumbification of the English language

[–]bb5199 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Just make sure you add a question mark at the end of a declarative sentence. All the cool kids are doing it.

[–]AlcoraidenRevere 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It marks uncertainty.

Language evolves!

[–]some1saveusnow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Haha I do that one myself…

[–]RektCompass -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

Ok ok 5x an exaggeration, shouldn't have said "literally" ... But yes it was unlivable even pre pandemic. Believe you on the patterns tho, and that's crazy

[–]RickWest495 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It all depends on the route you travel. The new busiest days are Tuesday and Thursday because people working a hybrid of home/office tend to work Monday and Friday at home. The 5am to 7am traffic is less than before. The 6pm to 7pm traffic is less. Now 7-9am and 3-6pm are still brutal.

[–]smashy_smashy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

93 south to Sullivan here. Wednesday is the busiest day, hands down. Tuesday and Thursday are still bad though.

[–]02467East Boston 45 points46 points  (2 children)

1) Our transportation infrastructure was built for a much smaller population. 2) covid-era flexible work trends, while nice in some ways, also have encouraged more sprawl-ish lifestyles (living further from your job) among wealthier workers, which means that commuting and mundane errands all require more driving 3) we are back to maybe 70% of pre covid # of commuters into boston daily, but t ridership is still way down, so lots of people who used to take the t are driving. When you think about just the pure math and geometry of this - take like 50 people off the t and into cars, that’s one small car on one train but 50 new cars on the road which takes up a ton of space. Multiply this by god knows how many times. Traffic is basically exponential growth. This is why the crisis at the T matters to you even if you never set foot in a bus or train in your life. 4) as others have said, flexible working hours for more people just means the congestion is “spread” over longer hours. 4A) so commuting traffic is probably basically at the same “level” as it was pre covid for working commuters, + the 30% or so still working remotely are driving around for other things (errands or whatever) when they might have been parked all day at a commuter rail stop or their office’s parking garage while at work 5) for as much as people bitch about inflation, gas prices, etc, consumer discretionary / leisure spending is still through the roof since the end of covid - more people are traveling, going out, shopping, etc, and driving more to do all of these things. And a lot of the white collar people who are especially likely to have this kind of discretionary income also have more free time thanks to flexible work arrangements.

The main thing really is the T. Especially if people are going in to the office 3x a week instead of 5, they are a lot more likely to be willing to put up with traffic 2-3x instead of 5, so the T needs to be an even better value proposition for riders than it was pre covid. Instead it is worse.

[–]UltravioletClearanceArlington 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Our transportation infrastructure was built for a much smaller population.

Our transportation infrastructure is also only 50 percent built. A ton of rapid transit expension projects were abandoned over the years (Blue Line to Lynn, Orange Line to Reading, Red Line to Lexington). A significant portion of Boston's expressway system was never built due to the (rightful) cancellation of the Inner Belt and Interstate 95 through the urban core, plus connections between Routes 3 and 2. All of the capacity that would've been taken care of by these highways gets shoved on the Expressway, I-93, and Route 128. Not only are the regions highways over capacity now, they were over capacity when they were built too.

[–]AboyNamedBort -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Gas prices aren't that high. We should raise the gas tax significantly for many reasons. One of them is higher gas prices should lead to less driving, traffic, pollution, etc.

[–]The_Darkprofit 18 points19 points  (4 children)

Increase the efficiency and decrease the cost of commuter rails and it will ease traffic. Home prices are pushing people further out from Boston and if people who had a 30 min commute are now at 60 minutes we are doubling their impact on the roads.

If you enjoy driving alone in your nicely appointed luxury vehicle and wouldn’t dream of getting into public transport, you should be as vocal as current riders about the need for better funding for the commuter lines.

Hell let’s run the numbers on almost free commuter rail vs the wear on the roads and accidents, inefficiencies, mental and physical health impacts from our current usage.

[–]ipsumdeiamoamasamatIrish Riviera 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Even if the commuter rail fares are lowered, and they should be, there is not frequent enough service on a lot of these lines. Want to go to a Sox game? If you live on the South Shore you’re SOL; the last train leaves South Station at 11 (10:45 on Greenbush).

[–]The_Darkprofit 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That’s what I meant by efficiencies, more trains/times is doable. If in the future we add a bit of speed to the trains that would help also. It’s a statewide commitment to public transport especially from car using citizens joining with those who are current users of the rail lines.

Improving the commute for the whole region would be a huge boon for businesses and future high skilled taxpayers and essential workers we can attract from across the country to our state.

  • if some of you reading this heard a little voice that said there’s already too many people here, that attitude is one of the things we should work on.

[–]ipsumdeiamoamasamatIrish Riviera 0 points1 point  (0 children)

More money for maintenance.

More money for equipment, unless you’re going to break up trains in the middle of the day to have multiple sets. And even then, unless you go to MUs, you have to have more engines.

Money for extra personnel (conductors) and ops crew if you’re breaking up/rebuilding sets.

Until the legislature shits or gets off the pot, none of that’s happening.

[–]RandyCheeseburgers01Somerville 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shoot a quick email to your legislators. TransitMatters has already done the hard work for you.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 15 points16 points  (0 children)

A normal drive time at 6:20am from providence to Arlington normally would take me an hour no problem that early in the day... Nope 2 and a half hours and I had an appointment lucky for my car but still it was a nightmare I would have been better off going back roads up the whole way . It's weekend mornings as well now getting bad

[–]zinnie_ 26 points27 points  (1 child)

You're not stuck in traffic. You are the traffic.

[–]fakeuser888 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Never heard this saying before...

[–]raccafarian 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I quit my very well paying job on Newbury street about a month ago and I couldn’t be happier I did. Fuck all the traffic working 10 mins from home is the best stress relief I could ask for.

[–]liptoniceteabagger 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Public transit currently unreliable causing more people to drive combined with lots of roadwork on major roads causing detours and congestion

[–]BuckyWunderlick007 20 points21 points  (4 children)

it’s not just the last month. this is the new normal. a shame as it’s such a great place to live otherwise.

[–]everynameistakenyo 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The new normal has been bad, but I definitely agree with OP that the past month (or past couple of weeks maybe) have been particularly painful.

[–]fartingswallows -1 points0 points  (2 children)

It’s great even with that for the people who don’t drive everywhere.

[–]BuckyWunderlick007 1 point2 points  (1 child)

We have a pretty ideal set up, we both can walk to work, kids school less than a mile from home. Most errands can be accomplished via public transportation or bike.

All of the congestion and chaos does spill over. It’s stressful to go anywhere that requires a car or have people visit. The T takes twice as long as it used to. The city itself is more congested and cycling is increasingly unsafe despite an increase in infrastructure.

Bottom line, quality of life around here definitely isn’t what it used to be.

[–]fartingswallows 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s definitely worse, but still great for people who don’t have to drive everywhere.

[–]Montessori_Maven 3 points4 points  (1 child)

This week has been insane. I live in Sudbury/teach in lexington and my normally 20 minute commute has increased by 50 percent. I’m hearing the same from coworkers and parents as well as we all arrive late and grumpy.

[–]bb5199 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Tell the parents to put the kids on the bus and stop clogging up the roads with their dropoffs.

[–]Any-Entrepreneur-425 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Used to take 7 minutes from jfk to north Quincy on redline now it takes almost 30 it’s absurd

[–]ipsumdeiamoamasamatIrish Riviera 3 points4 points  (0 children)

As mentioned below, a confluence of reasons.

— Added tourist activity

— More people returning to the office

— Commencements

— Schools are in session for another few weeks (you’d be surprised by how much this reduces traffic in the summer)

— Most importantly, the T has been a dumpster fire for a year. People have given up on public transit.

[–]uconnboston 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s definitely been horrific the past month. I commute south shore to acton. It’s been a nightmare. Normally there’s a slight decline in traffic after colleges close shop and again after all schools finish for the summer. I think this has nothing to do with MBTA or construction.

[–]Real-Original-3945 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I've also noticed a lot of stupid Sunday drivers in the left lane. Where the fuck did they come from.

[–]PublicRule3659 19 points20 points  (4 children)

CEOs getting greedy and calling all staff back to the office so they can stroke their egos again

[–]Extracrispybuttchks 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Yup. Since they can afford to live close by, they don’t see this as an issue. Just another part of the disconnect.

[–]DumbshitOnTheRightResident Fucktoilet 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hilariously (?) one of the main factors in a business's location when they move is proximity of the CEO's primary residence.

[–]firedancer13 2 points3 points  (1 child)

its part that but also the office buildings were built with tax breaks on the promise of bringing x worker-hours to nearby local commerce which remote work sort of gums up.

ideally in a system built from scratch that wouldn't be a factor but local businesses and the city have a sort of legit grievance that companies took the tax breaks but now aren't delivering on their half of the bargain.

I'm a remote worker btw so I'm contributing to the problem and not trying to take RTO's "side" in this debate. just offering the other side's POV

[–]DoubleSuccessor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"I made promises I can't keep to put money in my pocket and now it's your problem."

[–]bingbong6977 13 points14 points  (2 children)

What is the deal with this question being asked in this sub everyday?

[–]troccolins 1 point2 points  (1 child)

My experience is valuable and completely different (I have good reason to be on the road, no one else does) and should be validated as such

[–]bingbong6977 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why does a major city with a failing public transportation system have such bad traffic I just don’t understand?!?!?

[–]tsoplj 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol. This shit is just making me giggle now. Everyday there’s at least three posts about traffic.

[–]Whyisthissobroken 2 points3 points  (3 children)

This was all predicted decades ago by the people who put in the big dig tunnel. Believe it or not, that was a "temporary" solution meaning that we all knew things would continue to get worse. So now we need the next "big dig" solution.

Unfortunately, no one has the stomach for another 15 to 30 billion dollar infrastructure bill in a city that's in danger of flooding due to sea level rise.

[–]ipsumdeiamoamasamatIrish Riviera 5 points6 points  (2 children)

The next “Big Dig” solutions are the North-South Rail Link and the T getting its act together. Neither are happening in the immediate near term, the T may never get back to what it was because of mismanagement and funding issues, and I’ll be surprised if I see NSRL done in my lifetime (in my mid-40s).

[–]Whyisthissobroken 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh right - that's correct. I've been hearing about that one for along time. Good reminder!

[–]petal_in_the_corner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Those plus more work from home/ flexible scheduling.

[–]me5vvKOa84_bDkYuV2E1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

  1. Cars take up a lot of space, so they don't scale well as a way of moving people.

  2. We built our region in a way that inherently causes a lot of car commutes into the metro area. It's like if we had a watershed and directed all of the water from an entire region into one central area. We make a flood every day on purpose. Car-oriented development is being built all the time on the fringes of commuting range, which induces new car trips. This has been happening for a long time, and the pandemic may have accelerated it.

  3. We don't practice effective transportation demand management, which could shift car trips in various beneficial ways. For example, flattening the peaks by nudging people to shift their commute times.

[–]Remarkable-Bother-54 16 points17 points  (4 children)

bro we literally have a post yesterday about this. we literally have a post every day about this. i feel like im in groundhog day

[–]-United-States- 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Then scroll past it

[–]Remarkable-Bother-54 0 points1 point  (2 children)

maybe you enjoy a user experience where we post and comment the exact same things over and over again but id enjoy a little more variety like it used to be a few years back

[–]GaleTheThird 3 points4 points  (1 child)

This is why I miss real forums. Back in my day there would be one thread for whining about traffic, it wouldn't end up getting a new thread every day

[–]Remarkable-Bother-54 2 points3 points  (0 children)

so many of these posts can just be comments. folks dont need an entire post for their brief stream of consciousness thoughts

[–]PompyxgTV 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Glad I’m not the only one that’s noticed. It’s my own personal hell daily

[–]KeepitMelloOoWAllston/Brighton 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I have to drive 3+ hours for work every day, and I've noticed traffic has gotten increasingly worse over the past year. It seems like after-work rush hour starts around 2:30-3. I'm wondering if office workers, who are striking a middle ground between working from home and working in the office, are working more of a half-day.

[–]Andrew-23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Permanently remote and couldn't be happier about it!

[–]Dajoey120 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yesterday, i Left at 3pm from near assembly row in Somerville and it took 1hr to get to down town Boston.

[–]kangaroospyder 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Orange Line is way quicker than that, even in it's current state...

[–]Facelotion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It is possible that people have been displaced and forced to move farther away...

[–]Tweeprise87 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've noticed a significant increase in the last few weeks and I think it has to do with the pandemic ending may 11th and a lot of people going back to work. Although I seem to be the only idiot of my friends that's back in the office ( and has been since Nov 2021), the traffic is telling me a lot of companies probably went back after the 11th

[–]DooceBigaloNorf Shore 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Last few weeks have been abnormally bad, and it all seems strange when we think there's more people WFH... I dont get it.

[–]gnamylOutside Boston 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah my office is in Cambridge and when I have to go (which I try to do as seldom as possible) I have done so in the past in 1h15m with a sort of regular amount of traffic. I did it two weeks ago and in was 1h25, out was 1h45 and both were done at what I thought would be “early” drives. It seemed there was a lot of traffic. Just heavy traffic everywhere and of course there’s always construction. Being done during rush hour. 🤷🏼‍♂️

[–]Life0fRiley 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I usually drive in the opposite direction of traffic and have noticed it too. I’ve noticed that part of it is caused by people driving way too slow on multiple occasions. You have a person going 40 on 93 when they should be going at least 55. Then the traffic behind them is splitting into other lanes o get around, causing traffic to build up.

[–]sun420flower 1 point2 points  (0 children)

people don’t know how to fucking merge onto highways

[–]BarnacleDue7172 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cause the lights are 10 seconds long, ppl block intersections and crash their car.

[–]_gogi 2 points3 points  (1 child)

When was the last time the Pike was 4 lanes? Are they even working on the Fenway building? That’s the slowest construction ever.

[–]Lonely_Ad8983 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I have to give RI some love while road construction is a big pain in the butt here they get it done way way quicker some might disagree with me but 40 years of driving in mass and 5 in RI I see the difference

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Its been so bad

[–]ngod87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As someone that grew up in Eastie and had to commute west, north and south for work throughout my life, this is just going to get worst. People are back in the office, denser neighborhoods due to new developments, people can’t drive, questionable public transit during ANY weather, expansion of unpractical bike lanes via subtracting lanes. Pick any of those reasons. It’s mostly likely all of the above.

[–]Tigger2026 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In Cambridge and Boston lots of dedicated bike lanes with posts. I actually think this is a good thing long-term, but taking the Allston exit off the Pike Eastbound yesterday afternoon is no longer a short cut. It's going to take some time to figure out. Plus yes the T sucks.

[–]Ruve_2022GD -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

There’s so many reasons why traffic is so bad…. bike lanes that many people don’t use over building of the city, where they think density is the right thing to do, construction and the host of other issues.

[–]nam42589 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Yea Boston in general is an old city. Nice weather people are trying to get out. I always tell people to not visit Boston when I travel. Not really much here.

[–]ntreees -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

It’s a city

[–]benzo7690 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]MalakaiRey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can save 10-15 minutes

[–]AlcoraidenRevere 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Summer warmth means tourists are here now too. That pushed is over the edge and into hell traffic.

[–]bluegatoraide 0 points1 point  (0 children)

commencement szn

[–]Character-Outcome156 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seriously I travel N93 then S128 until I hit west on RT2 and the magic number would be 6:05 if I left at anytime before then I’d be fine. I’ve noticed the new magic number is 5:55am or 6am

[–]Astrolux44 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]HouseholdWords 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Train's broken. Gotta drive.

[–]suzi-r 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lately? It’s always been sketchy, since about 60yrs ago

[–]MJAMI7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s a shit show all the time, everywhere. My boyfriend was on Storrow (inbound) at 12pm, usually not too busy then. It was backed up from the Leverett to MGH, took 20 min to go a couple of miles.

[–]troccolins 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fine, dude, ill start riding my bicycle from now on so you can get to work 1 second faster


[–]Helpful-Salt306 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cuz I'm here

[–]FormerAircraftMech 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Summer traffic. Like this every year

[–]suzieque55 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When my Dad was teaching me how to drive (this was back in the 70's): He told me if you sneeze while you are driving your eyes are closed for a few seconds. So be very careful cause you never take your eyes off the road.

[–]Phonetech2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Text and driving should be treated as a OUI/DUI

[–]florida_born 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I drive into Boston from an outer suburb daily. I am not doing it because I want to, I have to. The bus lines are so unpredictable that I can’t trust when I’ll get to work and when I’ll get home. I have to be back to get my kid from the bus and can’t risk it.

[–]Huge_Strain_8714 0 points1 point  (0 children)

welcome to the month of June and July and August