If it feels like it can’t get any worse driving in traffic along Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers or Del Prado Boulevard in Cape Coral, it only gets slightly worse in the U.S. The Fort Myers-Cape Coral area ranks No. 13 among the most congested cities in the country, according to GPS manufacturer TomTom, which keeps track of traffic patterns and urban congestion worldwide.
With a congestion level of 21%, Fort Myers and Cape Coral drivers spent an average of 48 extra hours in rush hour traffic last year, a 2% increase from pandemic-stricken 2020 and no change from pre-pandemic 2019. Fort-Myers-Cape Coral ranks ahead of major metro areas New Orleans (14th), Washington D.C. (15th) and Houston (16th) and just behind Tampa (12th), Atlanta (11th) and Philadelphia (10th).
New York led all cities with a 35% congestion level followed by Los Angeles (33%), Miami (28%), Baton Rouge, Louisiana (27%), San Francisco (26%), Chicago (24%), Honolulu (23%), Seattle (23%) and Riverside, California (52%).
Gulfshore Business wants to know how much longer you’re spending in the car during your one-way commute during this seasonal peak. Readers can vote in the poll by clicking here until 10 a.m. Thursday. Results will be released in the Feb. 25 Gulfshore Business Daily newsletter and at gulfshorebusiness.com.