Is Traffic Really So Bad in Raleigh?
By Brent Woodcox
With talk of Amazon HQ2 coming to Raleigh, there is at least one measure on which we are besting other cities in the running according to the News & Observer: traffic.
There is some truth to the idea that Raleigh traffic concerns are overblown. We don't have the same lag in commute times as other well-populated cities do. We also have a large metro area, a fast growing population, a lack of public transit infrastructure and policies that for decades have encouraged sprawl. So, yeah, maybe traffic isn't that bad here, especially when you compare us to larger cities that could potential host a headquarters like Amazon's. But we don't have an Amazon yet. And whether or not we land this deal, we will likely have a company of that size in Raleigh sooner rather than later. Growth does not seem to be slowing down and our policies don't seem to be turning to favor more density. If we don't make a change soon, we'll be shooting up to the top of at least one list we'd rather not be on.