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50 Worst Traffic Cities in the U.S. (PHOTOS)
The Weather Channel ^ | January 15, 2014 | Devin Brown

Posted on 01/15/2014 9:46:02 AM PST by Vigilanteman

Lost Angeles is the worst traffic city in America. 'Carmaggedon' is no joke. Drivers in the worst traffic city wasted an average of 63.3 hours in traffic over the last year. Congrats to Los Angeles, although worst traffic city might not be the most coveted of titles.

(Excerpt) Read more at weather.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: cars; carstop; cities; congestion; traffic; worstcities
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I started from the worst, backward from the article. Rounding out the dirty dozen are:
  1. Los Angeles
  2. Honolulu, HI
  3. San Francisco
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. New York, NY
  6. Bridgeport, CT
  7. San Jose, CA
  8. Seattle, WA
  9. Boston, MA
  10. Washington, DC
  11. Miami, FL
  12. Chicago, IL

I can't figure out how Pittsburgh ranked only #40 with an average annual loss of hours totaling 12.4 hours. It seems I waste close to an hour in front of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel every time I go there and I'm not a daily commuter, maybe about one round trip per MONTH.

1 posted on 01/15/2014 9:46:03 AM PST by Vigilanteman
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To: Vigilanteman

Most congested Bridge.....?? But only for 5 days!!


2 posted on 01/15/2014 9:48:09 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Vigilanteman
Shouldn't the weather channel focus on something important?

Like global warming?

3 posted on 01/15/2014 9:48:32 AM PST by TomServo
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To: Vigilanteman

There’s a pattern here, but I just can’t put my finger on it....


4 posted on 01/15/2014 9:49:11 AM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: neodad

ooh! Ooh! I think I have it....is is Big cities full of Liberal Democrats???? Huh? Huh???


5 posted on 01/15/2014 9:51:20 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Vigilanteman

“I can’t figure out how Pittsburgh ranked only #40 ...”

I’m baffled myself. I’ve been in Austin a few times and the traffic there reminded me of Pittsburgh’s choke points :-) .


6 posted on 01/15/2014 9:51:51 AM PST by edh (I need a better tagline)
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To: Vigilanteman

Having driven in both L.A. and S. F., I’d say S. F. with it’s hills, narrow, crooked streets and a cable car coming at you from every direction, is much worse than L.A.

BA


7 posted on 01/15/2014 9:52:54 AM PST by Battle Axe
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To: Vigilanteman

8 posted on 01/15/2014 9:53:46 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: hoagy62

Highway 35 through Austin is terrible. It costs 8 bucks to go around Austin on the bypass.

Sit for an hour through Austin or pay 8 bucks to spend the hour driving around Austin at 85MPH?


9 posted on 01/15/2014 9:54:15 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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To: Vigilanteman

Good grief. Nashville is 28th. Figures. They say we waste 15.8 hours/year in traffic. Bull. It’s way more than that. I spend over 8 hours a week just getting to and from work (5days/week). Grrrrr.


10 posted on 01/15/2014 9:54:33 AM PST by murrie (Mark Levin: Prosecuting stupidity nightly.)
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To: carriage_hill

That has to be in an Asian city. Either that or it’s artwork.


11 posted on 01/15/2014 9:55:00 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: neodad

Let me help:

Each metropolityan area is governed by a Dhimmicrat majority in policy office and, accordingly, in the Operational Department appointments (such as, say, the Roads and Public Works).

Having worked in the local DPW, the laziness is rampant.


12 posted on 01/15/2014 9:55:00 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: hoagy62

And in the case of LA the state legislature is also radical left.

The money earmarked for highway repairs and construction is often siphoned off for there projects at the state AND local level.


13 posted on 01/15/2014 9:55:49 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Vigilanteman

Pittsburgh does have a couple of bad areas for traffic. But they only persist for a few hours a day.

Take the worst Pittsburgh traffic. Then apply that to every mile of highway and every major non-highway road within city limits. Then triple the time that it persists. Then multiply it by ten to account for city size...voila - Chicago.


14 posted on 01/15/2014 9:56:04 AM PST by kidd
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To: Vigilanteman

Having lived on the SF peninsula, I can agree with the SF/SJ listing. Commuting home on the 101 from Palo Alto to San Mateo when there was a game going at Candlestick was an hour drive (14 miles). Throw in a 7.1 earthquake, and it’s gridlock everywhere (10/17/89).


15 posted on 01/15/2014 9:56:44 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Battle Axe
Boy howdy, does that look like fun!


16 posted on 01/15/2014 9:56:47 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Vigilanteman

D.C. below Austin? Right.


17 posted on 01/15/2014 9:58:46 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Los Angeles?
The city is actually small, are the talking about the Los Angeles area or basin?
I wish people would figure out that southern California is not LA.


18 posted on 01/15/2014 9:59:23 AM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Battle Axe

Maybe...but if you are not on the road by 5:30 am in L.A. forget about getting anywhere on time. By 3:00 pm for the return trip home.


19 posted on 01/15/2014 10:00:09 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: carriage_hill

How do people live like that?


20 posted on 01/15/2014 10:04:21 AM PST by alancarp
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To: Vigilanteman
Fun!


21 posted on 01/15/2014 10:04:47 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Some of the photos are a bit silly: Jacksonville's, for instance: a highway sign located near the SC/GA border - 146 miles away from JAX.
22 posted on 01/15/2014 10:08:14 AM PST by alancarp
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To: Vigilanteman

Seattle has 2 “mega projects” underway at a total cost exceeding $6 Billion. Seattle’s version of the Big Dig is currently stalled because of an old well pipe casing and is expected to chew up $100 million contingency faster than it’s been chewing through the dirt and the 520 floating bridge project just issued another $170 million change order on top of the $200 million change order because of poor design of the pontoons.

Neither of these two projects are designed to alleviate any congestion.


23 posted on 01/15/2014 10:08:26 AM PST by shotgun
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To: alancarp

I don’t know. I couldn’t do it; not for anything. But many millions do, all over the world. I prefer the country and open spaces.


24 posted on 01/15/2014 10:08:34 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Personally, I’d rank Honolulu worse than LA. At least in LA, there are options to exit and take surface streets. In Honolulu during rush hour, you really can’t escape it.


25 posted on 01/15/2014 10:10:54 AM PST by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Disambiguator

From this article:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/ibm-applies-for-right-to-stop-your-car-at-intersections-week-after-researchers-hack-car/story-e6frfro0-1225870378376


26 posted on 01/15/2014 10:11:35 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Wow, I’ve just happened to have lived (live) in 3 of the top 10 worst! In my experience, LA is far worse than San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. It’s a tight race though..
Not even sure why I’m commenting on this! So not important in the scheme of things currently :)


27 posted on 01/15/2014 10:16:40 AM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: carriage_hill

That is so not right. On so many levels. Just creepy.


28 posted on 01/15/2014 10:26:48 AM PST by murrie (Mark Levin: Prosecuting stupidity nightly.)
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To: carriage_hill

What could possibly go wrong?


29 posted on 01/15/2014 10:27:02 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Vigilanteman

The press release from the originating organization.

I was looking for a list of the 50 cities. I don’t want to give Weather.com 50 page clicks.

http://www.inrix.com/pressrelease.asp?ID=156


30 posted on 01/15/2014 10:32:43 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: carriage_hill

Is that real? If so, where?


31 posted on 01/15/2014 10:33:21 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Vigilanteman

By analyzing traffic in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas in 2011, the Top 10 Worst U.S. Traffic Cities1 are:

1. Honolulu: Drivers waste 58 hours in traffic2; Worst Hour = Tuesday from 5:15 – 5:30pm

2. Los Angeles: Drivers waste 56 hours in traffic2; Worst Hour = Thursday from 5:45 – 6:00pm

3. San Francisco: Drivers waste 48 hours in traffic2; Worst Hour = Thursday from 5:45 – 6:00pm

4. New York: Drivers waste 57 hours in traffic2; Worst Hour = Friday from 5:30 – 5:45pm

5. Bridgeport, CT: Drivers waste 42 hours in traffic2; Worst Hour = Friday from 5:30 – 5:45pm

6. Washington, D.C.: Drivers waste 45 hours in traffic2; Worst Hour = Thursday from 5:45 – 6:00pm

7. Seattle: Drivers waste 33 hours in traffic2; Worst Hour = Thursday from 5:30 – 5:45pm

8. Austin: Drivers waste 30 hours in traffic2; Worst Hour = Thursday from 5:30 – 5:45pm

9. Boston: Drivers waste 35 hours in traffic2; Worst Hour = Thursday from 5:30 – 5:45pm

10. Chicago: Drivers waste 36 hours in traffic2; Worst Hour = Thursday from 5:30 – 5:45pm


32 posted on 01/15/2014 10:33:33 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Vigilanteman

Austin traffic is fine as long as you avoid rush hour, major concerts and Longhorn games. Houston seemed worse to me.


33 posted on 01/15/2014 10:36:51 AM PST by OrangeHoof (2001-2008: "Dissent Is Patriotism!" 2009-2016: "Dissent Is Racism!")
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To: Vigilanteman

Phoenix traffic is a breeze unless there is an accident. I can drive Hiways 10 to 143 to 202 to 51 to 101 from Tempe to Cave Creek in 40 minutes (35 miles) at 6:00PM. I do it twice a week. However having migrated from the bay area some years ago ... ANY traffic would be better than San Jose to Livermore (or back) over Sunol grade during traffic hours


34 posted on 01/15/2014 10:38:00 AM PST by clamper1797 (Evil WILL flourish when good men WILL not act)
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To: carriage_hill

Junction of the Santa Monica and Golden State Freeways?


35 posted on 01/15/2014 10:40:11 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: svcw
I wouldn't call 469 square miles small. That's just the city.

Los Angeles County is 4,083 square miles.

36 posted on 01/15/2014 10:43:07 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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Nice graphic of how much of Los Angeles County is occupied by the (Red) City of LA. Interesting factoid: Los Angeles county alone has a higher population than 42 of our 50 states.
37 posted on 01/15/2014 10:47:25 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: edh

Most Pittsburghers know better than to accept a job that lies on the other side of a bridge and/or tunnel.


38 posted on 01/15/2014 10:48:15 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Vigilanteman

LA is not a big place, the city is a typical larger city.

Unfortunately people think southern California is all LA, it is not. That was my primary point, the picture in the article isn’t even LA, its part of the IE.


39 posted on 01/15/2014 10:48:20 AM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Vigilanteman
How can Austin be ranked 4th worst and NYC be ranked 5th worst when drivers in Austin waste 40.5 hours per year in traffic and those in NYC waste 53.1 hours a year in traffic?

#10 Washington D.C. drivers also waste 40.5 hours per year.

Who's doing the calculations for this list?

40 posted on 01/15/2014 10:54:54 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Vigilanteman

If it’s rush hour I go to the airport (from Westmoreland county) via New Stanton and Washington. 80 miles versus 50, moving versus creeping along.


41 posted on 01/15/2014 10:56:06 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I know a few that avoid it completely with a busway commute. I’ve taken it a few times. It works well if your final destination is near it and your working hours are close to the bus schedule. Otherwise, not so much.


42 posted on 01/15/2014 10:56:19 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“Most Pittsburghers know better than to accept a job that lies on the other side of a bridge and/or tunnel.”

Most Pittsburghers should know to accept a job outside of Western PA when they are presented to you every other year ... but that’s a totally different subject :-).


43 posted on 01/15/2014 11:04:52 AM PST by edh (I need a better tagline)
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To: Disambiguator; murrie

That’s one intersection I’d never revisit. It’s an accident waiting to happen. Good place for an ambulance service and towtruck/bodyshop business, though.


44 posted on 01/15/2014 11:07:13 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: 7thson
I'm guessing it's Europe, but I can't find a source for it. Can't ID any buildings in the pic, either.

This one looks like the UK, judging from truck's ID:


45 posted on 01/15/2014 11:14:31 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Didn’t see Fort Lee.


46 posted on 01/15/2014 11:15:16 AM PST by o-n-money
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To: Vigilanteman

I don’t know; Google caption just said “freeway exchange” but didn’t ID freeways or location. You’re probably right.


47 posted on 01/15/2014 11:18:06 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: neodad

There’s more than one reason I don’t live in any of these.


48 posted on 01/15/2014 11:56:48 AM PST by bgill
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To: carriage_hill

It’s a sculpture.


49 posted on 01/15/2014 12:04:20 PM PST by sharkhawk (Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.)
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To: Vigilanteman

You know a list I would like to see is Quality of Life quotient. Not sure how you could measure it but traffic would be one of the things included. Maybe there is such a list and I just don’t know of it. My #1 would probably be an island somewhere with a liquor store and Wegmans grocery store.


50 posted on 01/15/2014 12:16:42 PM PST by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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