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L.A., San Francisco and New York Face Nation’s Worst Traffic Congestion

But Mexico City, Bangkok, Istanbul have world's worst traffic.

by on Mar.22, 2016

L.A. traffic is the worst in the U.S., according to study.

Los Angeles has, by far, the worst traffic problem in America, with some of the “nastiest gridlock” facing cities along the West Coast, according to navigation company Tom Tom. New York and a number of booming metro areas in the South are also facing major traffic problems, according to the Tom Tom Traffic Index.

But American commuters actually have it easy compared to their counterparts in many other parts of the world. Globally, Los Angeles ranked only tenth, according to the new study, far behind Mexico City, Bangkok and Istanbul which, Tom Tom reported, have the worst roadway congestion of any major cities around the globe.

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Drivers in Mexico City can expect to spend an extra 219 hours a year stuck in traffic, the study indicated. Meanwhile, L.A. traffic means motorists waste about 164 hours, “almost a full week stuck in their cars,” said a summary of the new study.


How Do You Get to Work?

Commuting patterns vary widely among America’s 30 largest cities.

by on May.20, 2015

Are you stuck in traffic ever morning? That might depend upon where you live, finds new study.

If you’re like most Americans, you likely fire up your car when you head to work each morning. Then again, maybe not. A new study shows there are some substantial differences in how Americans commute, much of that depending upon where they live.

In New York, more than half of commuters hop on mass transit compared to less than 1% in Oklahoma City. Walking is gaining popularity in big cities, as is riding a bike. Telecommuting also is gaining ground, especially in tech-savvy communities like Portland and Austin.

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When commuters head to work also can vary widely. Detroiters can be found flooding the freeways long before the crack of dawn, according to a study of commuting habits in the 30 largest American cities, conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.


Public Transportation Use at its Highest Level in 57 Years

Riders take 10.7 billion trips in 2013.

by on Mar.12, 2014

While Millennials expect to buy a car at some point, they are more likely to use public transit options when it is more cost effective.

With younger generations struggling with car ownership and a push by some cities to limit access by vehicles, it would make sense that public transportation usage is going to rise…and it did in 2013 by 1.1%.

There were 10.7 billion trips taken last year on buses, trains and other forms of public transportation, marking eight consecutive years of more than 10 billion trips, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). It was also the highest number of trips since in 57 years.


The use of public transport has been in the rise for some time now. Since 1995 public transit ridership is up 37.2%, outpacing population growth, which is up 20.3%, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which is up 22.7%. (more…)

Economic Recovery Bad News for Commuters

More jobs, longer commutes – bigger losses.

by on Jan.24, 2011

How much time do you waste in traffic every day?

Sure, your spouse may have lost their job in the economic downturn.  The good news is that you’ve likely been spending less time in traffic, suggests a report from the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University.

Researchers have found that the amount of time motorists wasted in traffic tie-ups dipped by more than 10% from 2007 to the depths of the recession, a year later.  But while figures for 2010 have yet to be calculated, it looks like American commuters are already starting to experience longer driving times as the economy recovers.

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And that will translate into more money being wasted on fuel, especially as gasoline prices continue to rise.

In 2007, before the wholesale collapse of the economy, Americans wasted 5.2 billion hours in traffic, according to the Transportation Institute, which based its study on data gathered in 439 U,S, urban areas.  In 2008, as Wall Stress melted down and unemployment soared in virtually every sector, the highways grew notably less crowded, the number of hours lost to traffic dropping to 4.6 million.