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The cities with the worst traffic in North America
UK Daily Mail ^ | June 6, 2014 | Chris Pleasance

Posted on 06/06/2014 5:44:43 AM PDT by C19fan

Sitting in traffic is not only a nuisance, it raises stress levels, causes us to breathe in harmful smog and makes us late for work. And, according to a new survey, the problem is only getting worse with almost every one of America's most clogged cities having more traffic in 2013 compared with 2012. It is perhaps no surprise to find that Los Angeles is still the most congested city in the U.S. For every hour travelled during rush hour, a whopping 39 minutes will be spent in traffic.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Travel
KEYWORDS: congestion; traffic

1 posted on 06/06/2014 5:44:43 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Florida and Texas cities are dropping fast, I guess decades of infrastructure improvements are starting to pay off.


2 posted on 06/06/2014 5:49:03 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Noticed DC dropped relatively. Perhaps completing the Springfield Spaghetti Bowl and the HOV/HOT lanes on parts of the Beltway in VA are helping too.


3 posted on 06/06/2014 5:51:08 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

The DC corridor is moving faster. I can travel from the Warrenton exit to DC at 40 to 45mph during rush hour.

Seriously, it has improved.


4 posted on 06/06/2014 5:58:28 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: C19fan
It is perhaps no surprise to find that Los Angeles is still the most congested city in the U.S.

But, but, but...they have trains! And subways! And busses!

5 posted on 06/06/2014 6:00:37 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: C19fan

Can’t believe the traffic nightmare known as Atlanta isn’t on the list.


6 posted on 06/06/2014 6:00:57 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“Florida and Texas cities are dropping fast, I guess decades of infrastructure improvements are starting to pay off.”

Someone in mboffice complained to me how bad 281 traffic going into San Antonio is. I told her to get back to me when she tries going through the Lincoln Tunnel at 4pm on a Friday afternoon.


7 posted on 06/06/2014 6:05:33 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: bk1000
Startled me too! I expected to see us on the list!

Wonder what their criteria are? It can't be city limits versus metro, bec. then LA would fall out of first place.

8 posted on 06/06/2014 6:08:51 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: C19fan

9 posted on 06/06/2014 6:15:19 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: C19fan

This is a secret ONLY FOR FREEPERS. So keep this to yourself.

Indianapolis doesn’t have traffic jams unless there is a wreck or construction. If you want to know the secret, check out an interstate map of Indy.

Disclaimer: Life long residents of only Indianapolis are unfamiliar with what bad traffic really is. When they say “traffic jam” they mean traffic has slowed to below the posted speed limit.


10 posted on 06/06/2014 6:30:16 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Tagline deleted at the request of an offended FReeper.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Not Austin. They had rather spend money on art festivals and banning plastic bags. The traffic here is bad and getting worse with all the interlopers moving here.

The next big crisis will be water and they don’t get it.


11 posted on 06/06/2014 6:38:17 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“Florida and Texas cities are dropping fast, I guess decades of infrastructure improvements are starting to pay off.”

One of the growing bottlenecks in Californicator land is the HOV lane now controlled by liberals in their Piuses.

While thousands are tied up in traffic the libs buzz by in their Piuses and other tax supported so called electric cars.

Also, the restrictions on the number of Fast Track lanes to keep union toll takers working causes massive delays.

A few years ago, some rare common sense happened with Caltrans that has eliminated a lot of traffic on one of the freeways across the Delta to and from the East Bay and Gay Frisco.

They widened the bridge across the straights and stopped charging a toll to go south into the high traffic areas.

Then, they really helped the commuters with Fast Track lanes after you crossed the bridge on 580 including some very fast north bound lanes for Fast Track users. Now on most week days, even during rush hours, if you are in the left lanes, you can cruise through the toll booths into 780 northbound at 60+ mph.


12 posted on 06/06/2014 6:48:59 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama will not divert resources from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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To: C19fan

I hate the Houston traffic, but have been in far worse. L.A. is definitely the worst I’ve seen.


13 posted on 06/06/2014 6:50:56 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: Tenacious 1
Passed through Indy a number of times, even when part of the beltways were closed or congested due to construction. There are so many alternative routes to avoid the traffic, there is no need to get caught in it if you have a good map.

The flat terrain helps with the smooth traffic flow.

You can build roads anywhere, unlike Pittsburgh where everything funnels to "The Point".

The Point is, among other things, where the three rivers meet, where the French built Ft. Duquense which led to the French and Indian War and where Lewis & Clark launched their flatboats for their famous expedition into the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. So it has been a site of traffic congestion for a long, long time.

14 posted on 06/06/2014 6:59:32 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Sans-Culotte
Were you in Houston back in the 80’s when the price of oil dropped so low? During that time there was no traffic, I mean really NO TRAFFIC!

So since then heavy traffic means a good business climate to me. I can stand it.

15 posted on 06/06/2014 7:05:49 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Grampa Dave
Who can introduce roundabouts and timed traffic lights to Gulf Coast Florida?

The rounbdabout also serves a Darwinian purpose in that it would remove the inept from the road.

16 posted on 06/06/2014 7:23:44 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk ( A disbarred gay Muslim lawyer from Kenya as POTUS? Sure! What could go wrong?)
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To: Ditter

I have conference calls with my LA and California counter parts. We’ve learned not to schedule them at 8:00 or 9:00 California time. It’s always Afternoon California time which is 3:30-4:00 my time.

Why? We haven’t decided if it’s the traffic, or the California culture. It’s sort of like Hispanic culture. Being fashionably late is normal. If a party starts at 7:00, you show up at 8:00 to make yourself seem important.

That’s fine in the social Hollywood world, but doesn’t make for good business partners.


17 posted on 06/06/2014 7:31:10 AM PDT by skinndogNN
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It’s the weather, you fool! Don’t you know the weather is THERE and they wish you were beautiful? :)

We hear that from some CA cousins all the time.


18 posted on 06/06/2014 7:36:02 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: bk1000
Can’t believe the traffic nightmare known as Atlanta isn’t on the list.

The survey obviously wasn't taken on days when there is an inch and a half of snow on the ground.

19 posted on 06/06/2014 7:40:57 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: C19fan

As an Ottawa local I’m not at all surprised we made the top 10. Every summer, at least two major streets are under construction, as well as significant portions of the major (only, really) east-west freeway - which, right now, is reduced to a single lane immediately east of the downtown core.


20 posted on 06/06/2014 7:56:43 AM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Kenny Bunk

“Who can introduce roundabouts and timed traffic lights to Gulf Coast Florida?

The roundabout also serves a Darwinian purpose in that it would remove the inept from the road.”

BOL: Try a big roundabout in heavy traffic in the UK. My wife, who has an excellent sense of direction would lose it in the UK roundabouts and really got confused and would yell turn off here when we couldn’t. It got to the point I had to tell her to shut her eyes and shut up when we approached a roundabout in the UK.

On one roundabout, I listened to her and did several rounds until we escaped. Afterwards, I thought about the old Steve Martin movie where he and his family got caught in a roundabout and couldn’t get off and out of the maze. His teenage son made some comment about having enough food to get them through and out.


21 posted on 06/06/2014 8:29:38 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama will not divert resources from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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To: newfreep

This is pure bunk. Houston got better? LIke hexx. Every time you get in the car it is 2 hours. I drove at 2100 hrs last night and it was no better than 0900. Three wrecks on KF between 610 and 99. 290 has become nothing but a parking lot that shifts position a little.


22 posted on 06/06/2014 8:32:01 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Ditter

The 80s in houston set the proper number of people that the system could come close to supporting. It has never be good to live in houston but it was more bearable then if you were employed. It feels like the area has doubled in size since those days though.


23 posted on 06/06/2014 8:35:12 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Vigilanteman
The Point is, among other things, where the three rivers meet, where the French built Ft. Duquense which led to the French and Indian War and where Lewis & Clark launched their flatboats for their famous expedition into the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. So it has been a site of traffic congestion for a long, long time.

LOL. You are suggesting that Lewis & Clark created the first traffic jam in Pittsburgh? It's been a traffic mess ever since.

24 posted on 06/06/2014 8:35:31 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Tagline deleted at the request of an offended FReeper.)
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Oh, hello no. Long before that. Blame it on the French and Indians.

The French wanted to contain westward expansion of the colonies and keep their near monopoly on the lucrative trade with the inland tribes. The British aligned Indians didn't see white immigration as that much of a threat and wanted access to more trade goods to counter the growing dominance of French aligned tribes.

There is a modern day lesson here somewhere.

25 posted on 06/06/2014 8:42:05 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: C19fan

My nominees would be Nashville, TN (seems you find a 14 care plie-up everywhere you go in that town) and Columbus, Ohio (eight-lane kamikaze lane changes on 270 in the morning)


26 posted on 06/06/2014 9:08:20 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: bk1000
Can’t believe the traffic nightmare known as Atlanta isn’t on the list.

Indeed. I'd rather drive in Los Angeles than Hotlanta.

27 posted on 06/06/2014 10:18:57 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (No $#@t there I was...)
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