Beating Traffic in Houston — scientifically speaking

According to the US Census Bureau, Houston commuters spend, on average, a little under an hour a day commuting to work. That’s approximately 200 hours a year. Driving in your car. Getting cut off. Gazing towards a red sea of brake lights. Cursing construction companies and city planners.


Houstonian Brandon Hansen (of OmniNerd) has created a tremendously detailed account and analysis of his Houston work commute from March 2005 to March 2006.

And I do mean *seriously* detailed – taking the time to record every workday’s departure and arrival times, minute route alterations (like taking a different street to avoid a road full of fast food restaurants), school holidays, etc.

Not for the faint of heart, this mathematically-charged analysis is pretty impressive. Brandon’s final conclusion – we need to work for better a mass transit system. A-freaking-men.

Sure puts my old ‘Check Transtar 5 Minutes Before I Go Out The Door’ routine to shame. I think I’d like to carpool with this guy….

4 Comments so far

  1. kevin whited (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

    Let me get this right — this guy’s solution for improving his DRIVING time is to get other drivers off the road and into mass transit?!

    Hell, I’m all for that too!

    Everyone is for that.

    Most of us just aren’t for that part of getting out of OUR OWN cars.

  2. katya (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

    Well, in all fairness another one of his conclusions was that by altering your departure times you can drastically reduce your amount of time spent in the car. For him, it was leaving a half an hour earlier in the morning and a half hour later from work at night.

    I for one would gladly get out of my car and ride the bus/train/whatever to get to work – if a bus ride was actually more convenient (and cleaner…). I’m terribly jealous of my out-of-state friends who read books on their way to work and take naps… lucky….

  3. shh... (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

    I am so lucky. My commuting time is 4 minutes one way… I am European, and the thought about commuting for longer then 15 minutes scares me.
    I totally agree with Katya, riding a bus or the train would be just fantastic. I live close to Richmond, and really looking forward to having the train there…

  4. a~lotus (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

    i absolutely heart this entry!! :)

    and since i’ve taken enough years of statistics, i’m so happy to be able to read the analyses.. very impressive indeed!

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