Skip to comments.50 Worst Traffic Cities in the U.S. (PHOTOS)
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.
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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.
Most congested Bridge.....?? But only for 5 days!!
Like global warming?
There’s a pattern here, but I just can’t put my finger on it....
ooh! Ooh! I think I have it....is is Big cities full of Liberal Democrats???? Huh? Huh???
“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 :-) .
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.
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?
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.
That has to be in an Asian city. Either that or it’s artwork.
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.
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.
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.
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).
D.C. below Austin? Right.
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.
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.
How do people live like that?
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.
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.
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.
From this article:
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 :)
That is so not right. On so many levels. Just creepy.
What could possibly go wrong?
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.
Is that real? If so, where?
By analyzing traffic in the nations 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
Austin traffic is fine as long as you avoid rush hour, major concerts and Longhorn games. Houston seemed worse to me.
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
Junction of the Santa Monica and Golden State Freeways?
Los Angeles County is 4,083 square miles.
Most Pittsburghers know better than to accept a job that lies on the other side of a bridge and/or tunnel.
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.
#10 Washington D.C. drivers also waste 40.5 hours per year.
Who's doing the calculations for this list?
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.
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.
“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 :-).
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.
This one looks like the UK, judging from truck's ID:
Didn’t see Fort Lee.
I don’t know; Google caption just said “freeway exchange” but didn’t ID freeways or location. You’re probably right.
There’s more than one reason I don’t live in any of these.
It’s a sculpture.
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.
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