How much time do DC-area drivers spend in traffic?

Gridlock traffic on a Los Angeles Freeway

Based on the overall findings, the US ranked as the most traffic-congested developed nation in the world, with American drivers spending an average of 41 hours a year battling traffic during peak travel times of 6 a.m.to 9 a.m., and 3 p.m.to 6 p.m. NY and Moscow tied for second worst, with 91 hours wasted in each.

What's even worse, four out of ten of the worst US corridors are found right here in NY. Number 2 was Moscow. However, some might be happy to know that Los Angeles traffic congestion actually went down a year ago by 2%.

City streets are jam-packed with more commuters than ever before, heading to and from the Peninsula and vice versa, as well as countless Uber and Lyft drivers making an extra buck.

THREE Scots cities saw improvements in traffic flow previous year although the United Kingdom was still found to be the world's 10th most congested country.

This takes into account direct costs such as wasted fuel and time as well as indirect consequences such as increased freighting fees being passed on to consumers.

Other American cities with more congestion than the D.C. area are Atlanta (10) and Miami (14). In Los Angeles, drivers spent an average of 102 hours in traffic jams past year, costing drivers $2,828 each in direct and indirect costs.

The United States overall was ranked as the most congested developed country in the world with USA cities accounting for 10 of the top 25 worldwide with the worst traffic congestion.

Cincinnati ranks 39 out of almost 300 American cities for traffic congestion.

According to the traffic congestion report card by INRIX, San Francisco made the list as the fifth worst commute globally. We already have blunt instruments such as the London Congestion Charge, but a sophisticated system of electronic tolling would charge drivers for their actual use of the system and by differentiating by time of day, those with flexibility can be encouraged to adjust their journeys to times of lower traffic volumes.

Motorists in Grimsby lost an average of 21 hours per year sitting in traffic last year, which is far higher than the four hours Gainsborough drivers spend in traffic. Also seeing improvements are three Texas cities with El Paso down 13 percent, and Dallas and Austin both down 9 percent. "On the positive, you're not right at the top of the list".

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