Los Angeles Traffic Confirmed As Country’s Worst
New data from the traffic data company Inrix has revealed, not surprisingly, that Los Angeles traffic is the country’s worst. Los Angeles boasts 14 of the country’s 30 worst corridors, including spots one through three. The worst spot in the country goes to the southbound 101 between Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills and Vignes Street in Downtown Los Angeles at approximately 5:00 p.m. A list of the Los Angeles traffic corridors within the 30 worst of the country is below.
Honorable mentions also go to Chicago, which claimed spots 4, 7, 14, 15, and 20, and New York, which claimed spots 5, 9, 12, and 18.
However, according to this Los Angeles Times article, Los Angeles traffic is not necessarily the worst, depending on how “the worst” is measured. Based on the Los Angeles Times’s analysis, drivers in Washington D.C. wasted 82 hours sitting in traffic in the year 2014, whereas drivers in Los Angeles traffic wasted only 80 hours sitting in traffic during that same time period.
Regardless of how it is measured, it is indisputable that Los Angeles traffic is among the country’s worst, if not the absolute worst. Thankfully Los Angeles is investing in projects like bike share programs and expansion of the Metro Expo line (a project that this author is particularly excited about) to promote alternative methods of transportation. These programs and continued investment into the transportation system promise to at least mitigate the city’s worsening traffic. Who knows, maybe one day Los Angeles traffic will take up only 13, rather than 14, of the country’s worst traffic corridors.
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