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Yep, Los Angeles has the world's worst traffic congestion — again

By zzyzzx following x   2018 Feb 6, 7:31am 1,344 views   6 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


U.S. cities dominate the world's top 10 most-traffic-congested urban areas, with Los Angeles leading in mind-numbing and costly gridlock, according to a new report issued Tuesday.

La La Land, with its jam-packed freeways and driving culture despite billions being poured into rail transit, emerged from the 1,360 other cities in 38 countries to claim the worst-congestion title for the sixth consecutive year in the 2017 traffic scorecard by INRIX, a leader in transportation analytics and connected car services.

Drivers in and around the City of the Angels spent 102 hours battling 2017 traffic congestion during peak hours, INRIX's 11th annual report said.

Despite having the worst traffic congestion overall, Los Angeles had lower peak period tie-ups than San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and Portland, the INRIX study showed. Nighttime travel is also a bright spot, with Los Angeles city streets ranking better than 35 other cities.

As horrible as L.A. traffic can be, the driving experience in four other U.S. cities isn't much better, with all finishing in the Top 10 of worst traffic tie-ups:

New York City. Motorists spent 91 hours battling peak hour gridlock. Overall congestion speeds are 7.4 miles per hour, compared with 9.9 miles per hour in Los Angeles and 10.5 miles per hour in San Francisco. However, the city's peak congestion rates on highways are lower than those in the two California cities.

•San Francisco. With an average of 79 hours of congestion, the City by the Bay is tied with Boston for the highest-congestion rates on arterial and city streets during peak commute hours. However, San Francisco highways fare better in the peak period than Seattle, Boston, Portland, Los Angeles and six other cities.

•Atlanta. No Southern charm when it comes to an average of 70 hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic.

•Miami. Despite being known as a laid-back tourist destination, Miami motorists endure 64 hours of traffic congestion.

"Congestion is an enormous problem and an enormous cost," Graham Cookson, the chief economist of INRIX, said in a telephone interview. The new report "puts some real numbers to the size of that cost."

Beyond frayed nerves, traffic congestion cost U.S. motorists nearly $305 billion in 2017, an average of $1,445 per driver, the study found. The estimated totals tally direct costs, such as the value of time spent in traffic and payments for extra fuel, plus indirect costs, including higher delivery spending for goods and services that companies pass along to customers.

New York City motorists fared the worst among the nation's urban areas. They racked up $2,982 in direct and indirect costs per driver during 2017, the report found. The city as a whole faced an estimated $19.2 billion in total costs, the report said.

New York City's Cross Bronx Expressway ranked as the nation's most traffic-jammed corridor for the third year in a row. An average driver on the 4.7-mile eastbound stretch of the route that might more aptly be dubbed a Distressway spent 118 hours battling congestion last year, up 37% from 2016, the study showed.

Based on the overall findings, the U.S. ranked as the most traffic-congested developed nation in the world, with American drivers spending an average of 41 hours a year battling traffic during peak travel times of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

1   anonymous   ignore (null)   2018 Feb 6, 9:43pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

in other shitty states you wait 3h for snow trucks before you can go anywhere. big difference?

flat tire on the freeway? freeze to death!
2   anonymous   ignore (null)   2018 Feb 6, 9:43pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

plus women are 300+ lbs
3   WookieMan   ignore (0)   2018 Feb 6, 9:57pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

anon_fad35 says
in other shitty states you wait 3h for snow trucks before you can go anywhere. big difference?

WTF is a snow truck? Explain?
4   Quigley   ignore (0)   2018 Feb 6, 10:07pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

It’s a big truck with a giant plow on it that can clear the road of snow enough for a well equipped vehicle to motor on.

Wookie dude, you’re in IL, right? I’ve lived there. There are blizzards that send half the cars into the ditches.
5   WookieMan   ignore (0)   2018 Feb 6, 10:14pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Quigley says
Wookie dude, you’re in IL, right? I’ve lived there. There are blizzards that send half the cars into the ditches.

You are correct to an extent. We get snow, but rarely blizzards. But never, ever have I heard of it called a "snow truck" though. Plow. Snow plow. That's about it from my IL perspective. My off the top of brain comparison would be someone saying, "nice surfer board" to a Californian.
6   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2018 Feb 7, 10:11am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

State legislature already working on a solution to this problem:

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