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LOS ANGELES — Think that you’re just imagining that your drive to or from work is getting worse? You’re not, according to the fourth annual National Traffic Scorecard recently released by INRIX.
A leading provider of traffic information and driver services, INRIX has compiled a comprehensive analysis of traffic congestion that compared 2010 to 2009 traffic patterns. The results will not lead to driver bliss.
Want to talk road rage? INRIX found that American roads saw 11 straight months of increases in traffic congestion leading to a 10 percent increase in travel times for drivers. Population growth, increases in interstate commerce and a slowly improving economy were all factors in the commuter slowdown.
The top 10 most congested cities are based on an analysis of traffic on major highways in the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. They are:
1) Los Angeles
2) New York City
4) Washington, D.C.
5) Dallas/Fort Worth
6) San Francisco (which increased by one notch over previous year)
7) Houston (which decreased by one notch over previous year)
9) Philadelphia (which increased by one notch over previous year)
10) Seattle/Tacoma (which decreased by one notch over previous year)
INRIX also ranked the top 10 worst traffic corridors and anyone who lives in Los Angeles will not be surprised that five of the 10 worst rush hour corridors are found in that city. (I’ll attest to this as my wife has a commute of 10.2 miles between our Hollywood-area home and her job in Santa Monica. Her minimum commute time home after work is 50 minutes, and that’s on the good nights.)
The five worst Los Angeles-area corridors are:
1) Los Angeles/Riverside on a stretch of the Riverside Freeway and California 91 eastbound.
2) Los Angeles/San Diego on the San Diego Freeway/I-405 northbound.
3) Los Angeles/Santa Monica using the Santa Monica Freeway/I-10 eastbound.
4) Los Angeles on a stretch of I-5 southbound (Santa Ana/Golden State Freeways)
5) Los Angeles on a 13-mile stretch of the San Bernardino Freeway/I-10 eastbound.
Despite having five of the worst traffic corridors, Los Angeles can take a little solace in the fact that it was not number one on the top 10 list. New York City has that distinction on a stretch of I-95 southbound and includes parts of the NE Throughway, Bruckner/Cross Bronx Expressways.