Inrix: Metro bus cuts could mean 'perfect storm of mass gridlock'

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 10:40 AM

BELLEVUE -– Cutting Metro bus services and routes could mean more cars on the road. Traffic experts at Inrix say traffic in the Seattle area is only getting worse each year.

“If Metro continues to make those cuts to routes and buses, we will have worse traffic. More of the work zones getting bigger and bigger over time plus an improving economy and popular region for people moving to for jobs we have the perfect storm of mass gridlock in this area,” said Jim Bak with Inrix.

The traffic monitoring company released their 2013 report and found traffic in the Seattle-area was up 20 percent from 2012.

The worst and most congested road in the Seattle area is Interstate 5 southbound heading from Haller Lake through Northgate into downtown Seattle.

Inrix says on this stretch of southbound I-5 commuters waste 23 minutes a day during rush hour and that adds up to drivers sitting in traffic for four days out of the year.

Inrix experts point to several big factors driving up traffic and congestion: more people on the roadways because of the rebounding economy and job growth, coupled with major construction.

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