Los Angeles Tops US Cities with Worst Traffic Congestion

Los Angeles Tops US Cities with Worst Traffic CongestionMost of us are motorists and daily commuters, and yes, we know how it feels to be stuck in traffic every day. With the jam-packed vehicles moving at a pace resembling that of a turtle, the annoying sound of blaring horns, and the sweltering heat, how could anyone on the road maintain their cool? It is these circumstances that some of us lose the will to be patient that we sometimes throw fits to the expense of other people and objects. Indeed, traffic jams are situations that leave us frustrated, not to mention give us the headaches.

If you live in Los Angeles, you know for a fact that it is commonplace. It is not anymore surprising; in fact, statistics have shown that the City of Angels is notorious when it comes to traffic congestions. Just recently, TomTom, a company responsible for making navigation systems, released its Annual Traffic Index for the year 2014. The report assesses the true impact of traffic congestion for an average commuter. This takes into account the comparison between the average delay times of drivers in certain cities deal with during peak hours of traffic congestion in the morning and evening commuting hours and the free flowing traffic at any time of the day.

In the newly released report, Los Angeles topped all other US cities for the distinction of having the worst traffic, with an overall congestion level of 39 percent. Said figure is a 3-percent increase from the 2013 report, which was at 36 percent. The study revealed that in a 30-minute average drive in Los Angeles, motorists tend to waste away 95 hours in traffic every year, or 25 minutes in traffic every day.

Also, the report also listed LA as no. 1 in terms of traffic congestions in the evening rush hours, with the average congestion levels rising to 80 percent. Also, evening traffic congestions in LA are the worst during Thursdays.

Meanwhile, here is the list of the other cities with the worst traffic overall and the worst evening rush hour traffic:

US Cities (in descending order)

Overall traffic rate (%)

US Cities (in descending order)

P.M. traffic rate (%)

Los Angeles, CA

39

Los Angeles, CA

80

San Francisco, CA

34

San Jose, CA

75

Honolulu, HI

32

Seattle, WA

74

New York, NY

31

Honolulu, HI

68

Seattle, WA

31

Houston, TX

68

San Jose, CA

30

San Francisco, CA

68

Chicago, IL

27

Portland, OR

61

Miami, FL

27

Austin, TX

61

Washington, DC

27

Atlanta, GA

59

Portland, OR

26

Chicago, IL

59

It is worth noting that in these two lists, three of the cities mentioned are from the State of California. Meanwhile, worldwide, Los Angeles ranked 10th in traffic congestion; Istanbul in Turkey ranks first, followed by Mexico City, Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Moscow, Russia. For the complete information, click here for TomTom’s Traffic Index. For the complete list and easy filter of results, click here.

The next time you head out to the city of Los Angeles by car or by commuting, be sure to be prepared. Traffic congestion, as it stands now, may become worse and worse if no action to at least reduce the bottlenecks on the roads is proposed and implemented. Still, patience is important for us motorists and commuters to prevent losing our cool and get involved in accidents.