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Tulip traffic sucks.

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I had to run up to Bellingham saturday to meet my accountant, it was a nice day and figured it would be a good drive.

Sadly I forgot about the tulip festival and ended up spending an hour sitting in stop and go traffic on I-5.

I’ve seen the tulips once, and that was enough for me.

BNSF Destroys Marysville Traffic

Quick clip from this afternoon- BNSF decided to spend 20 minutes moving freight cars around at the peak of the afternoon commute, pretty much destroying the traffic flow in Marysville near I-5.

Gave me time to catch up on emails, texts, phone calls, edit some videos and write that short story I have been talking about for years.

240,000 Workers Commute into King County Each Day

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WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — King County, Wash., has among the highest number of commuters coming from another county in the nation, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today in new estimates released from the American Community Survey. Nationally, 27.4 percent of workers commute outside the county where they live.

Among workers in King County, 240,245 live outside the county, according to 2006-2010 estimates from the American Community Survey. For example, 116,232 workers commute in from Snohomish County, 84,697 from Pierce County and 12,123 from Kitsap County.

Meanwhile, 74,605 residents of King County leave the county for work, with 35,926 going to Snohomish County, 25,047 to Pierce County and 2,049 to Thurston County.

“It is well known that King County draws a lot of commuters to work. The detailed information in the American Community Survey tells us where King County workers are coming from, where its residents work, and how its commuting patterns compare to those of other large counties,” said Brian McKenzie , a Census Bureau statistician who studies commuting. “This information shapes our understanding of the boundaries of local and regional economies, as people and goods move across the nation’s transportation networks.”

The American Community Survey also provides annual estimates about how commuters in King County travel to work and how long it takes them to get there.

Means of Transportation

In 2011, 67.0 percent of workers in King County drove to work alone, compared with 76.4 percent nationally.

Meanwhile, 10.0 percent of King County workers carpooled in 2011, while 9.7 percent in the nation carpooled to work. The percentages were not significantly different from one another.

In 2011, 10.3 percent of all workers in King County used public transportation — excluding taxicab — to get to their job, compared with 5.0 percent in the nation as a whole. The county’s public transportation rate was not significantly different from the percent that carpooled.

About 1.5 percent of all workers in the county biked to work in 2011, compared with 0.6 percent nationally.

Travel Time to Work

In 2011, the average one-way commute to work for people living in King County was 26.5 minutes. The average commute nationally was 25.5 minutes.

About 6.6 percent of all workers had a commute of 60 minutes or more in 2011, compared with 8.1 percent in the nation as a whole.

Seattle Traffic Sucks

Shot from my commute this morning

I had a labor/management meeting at the Fire Department this morning, it wrapped up around 8am, allowing me plenty of time to make my 11:00am meeting at Nucor Steel in West Seattle. Or so I thought.

The route takes me through Everett, Lynnwood, downtown Seattle and then to the West Seattle area. Total distance: 50.2 miles. My time behind the wheel this morning- almost two and a half hours! I’ve done this same route, during the same time, on a weekday and have had it take an hour and ten minutes.

There was not a single accident, disabled vehicle, radar enforcement, or other issue that can cause these epic slow commutes. It was just a ton of people sitting in traffic. Who knows how many flights were missed, job interviews that never happened.. traffic in Seattle is just horrible anymore, and it has become impossible to predict when it’s going to be total disaster like today.