No Surprise, Report Finds LA Has Worst Traffic In Nation -

No Surprise, Report Finds LA Has Worst Traffic In Nation

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(FOX 11) A new report released today ranks Los Angeles as having the worst traffic in the nation.

The TomTom North American Congestion Index shows that Angelenos spend an average of 90 hours a year on congested roads and freeways.

The report released by navigation system manufacturer TomTom examines traffic congestion on both highways and city streets. It confirms what we already knew, we are number one again. Los Angeles is the most congested city in America, beating 52 cities.

The study found LA drivers with a 30 minute daily commute spend an average of 90 hours a year stuck in traffic delays, meaning millions lost in productivity. And while government agencies and engineers are continuously trying to find ways to ease congestion, they don't always work.

TomTom's Nick Cohn says," Drivers really shouldn't expect local governments to solve congestion; there is no city in the world that has ever been able to build itself out of congestion. It is also up to travelers to make smarter decisions and think about the options they have. Use real time travel for traffic information, for example a shortcut – it's really only a shortcut at a certain moment or time and place because of the change in conditions. Without that real-time information they could be making a mistake by taking a detour around a traffic jam."

Experts suggest that you study traffic patterns on your commute and then try to avoid peak travel hours. TomTom says the worst commuting drives in Los Angeles are Tuesday morning and Thursday evening. The easiest drives in LA are Friday morning and Monday evening.

LA is not the most congested city in the world...fourth behind Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City and São Paulo.

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