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Monday, November 19, 2012

San Francisco Will Have the Worst Thanksgiving Traffic in the Nation

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 7:15 AM

This makes an afternoon with the in-laws look fun
  • This makes an afternoon with the in-laws look fun
Brace yourself ... again.

After surviving Critical Mass, Fleet Week, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, and of course the Giants' World Series celebration on top of your daily commute, city streets will once again be packed with one too many cars.

San Franciscans can expect the longest traffic delays in the nation, followed by New York, during the Thanksgiving holiday, according to INRIX, a leading global provider of traffic information.

Holiday congestion nationwide has decreased almost 23 percent since 2010, probably due to a shitty economy, stagnant consumer spending, and crippling gas prices. Drivers are also traveling later in the day than in years past.

After analyzing past traffic trends, INRIX has made a number of predictions for the holiday season.

Wednesday (get away day)

The good news (or bad) continues ... SF is supposed to be the second busiest city in the nation during the Wednesday rush-hour commute out of town. Although there won't be as many cars on the road this year, rush hour will start earlier and last longer.

So what that means for you? Get the hell out of the city before 2 p.m., or wait until after 6 p.m.

Black Friday

San Francisco ranks No. 9 in the nation in expected traffic delays on Black Friday, down 37 percent from last year. Shoppers also aren't expected to leave as early as usual, perhaps because they're not being tempted by "door buster" sales, or maybe they just don't want to get up.

Sunday (return traffic)

The city ranks No. 4, behind New York, Orlando, and Chicago, in Sunday return traffic delays, down 6 percent from last year. Again, drivers are encouraged to leave early to avoid delays, as INRIX is predicting the peak travel time from 5 to 6 p.m.


In other holiday traffic news, the drive to SFO is predicted to be two minutes longer than usual. That's a big win for San Francisco, considering that drivers traveling to Chicago and New York airports can expect to wait five times longer than usual in traffic, while the drive to LAX in Los Angeles will take an hour longer.

Oh, the things we will do for a good turkey dinner. 

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