While traveling through cities in the United States, wouldn’t it be great if you could pin-point where the worst traffic was? There is nothing I loathe more than driving in city traffic. Maybe it’s the country girl in me or perhaps I’m just not used to the congestion, but busy highways and traffic filled streets get me nervous and stressed.
INRIX, the leading international provider of traffic information and driver services released their Traffic Scorecard Annual Report, which reveals the cities with the most traffic congestion in 2012. For the last couple of years they noticed declines in congestion but for 2012 traffic was up 4%. Although this is certainly bad news for drivers, there is a positive side to it as well. A rise in traffic means a turn in the economy, which is certainly what we are all praying for! The largest increase was in Boston where they say there was a 30% increase in traffic.
There are several ways to keep tabs on traffic congestion during your travels. INRIX has their own free mobile app that provides traffic information in real time that is accurate. In fact it is updated from billions of different data points to keep you in the know at all times.
TIPS: According to the research put together by INRIX, the worst times to experience delays while driving are during weekday mornings between 7-8 a.m. and weekday evenings between 4-5 p.m. The busiest morning commute hour is from 8-9 a.m. on Tuesday and the busiest evening hour is from 5-6 p.m. on Friday.
Los Angeles 1 of 10Los Angeles was #2 in 2011, (behind Honolulu) but has risen for 2012. The hours lost per person in 2012, 59! The San Diego Fwy (L.A.: I-405 SB), The Santa Monica Fwy (L.A.: I-10 EB), The Riverside Fwy (L.A.: CA-91 EB), The San Diego Fwy (L.A.: I-405 NB) and The Santa Ana/Golden St. Fwy (L.A. I-5 SB) were listed in the Top 10 list for worse roads for traffic in 2012!
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Honolulu 2 of 10I don't know why I was surprised that Honolulu received the #2 spot, in fact they dropped one since last year!
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San Francisco 3 of 10Traffic is up three percent for San Francisco thanks to the growth in the tech industry. An afternoon drive on Eastbound Highway 4 from Baily to Somersville is listed as the 25th worst drive in the nation.
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Austin, Texas 4 of 10An average commuter in Austin loses 38 hours a year sitting in traffic jams.
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New York, New York 5 of 10Drivers on New York's worst highway waste over six days each year in traffic on The Cross Bronx Expy (New York: I-95 SB). It joins The Long Island Expy (New York: I-495 EB), Brooklyn Queens Expy (New York: I-278 WB) and The Van Wyck Expy (New York: I-678 SB) as the worse roads for traffic in 2012.
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Bridgeport, CT 6 of 10Imagine losing 39 hours of your life to traffic each and every year. It's the reality in Bridgeport, CT and an actual improvement from 2011. They are down 19%!
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San Jose, CA 7 of 10The regular commuter loses 31 hours driving the highways of San Jose, California each and every year. Their up 6% from 2011 in traffic congestion.
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Seattle 8 of 10My nerves are on edge just looking at that photo. Oy! 35 hours lost per year people! Down 10% from 2011.
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Washington, D.C. 9 of 10Forty one hours lost each and every year (per person) due to congested traffic in Washington. 41 hours....
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Boston 10 of 10Down 22%, Boston is #10 on the lsit of Worst Traffic Cities in the USA with commuters losing 31 hours each in 2012.
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