Feb 23, 2010

Traffic Congestion on the Rise: National Traffic Scorecard Released

It may come as no surprise that LA, New York, Chicago and Washington D.C were the cities with the most traffic congestion in 2009. But did you know, of the nation’s top 30 largest cities, Las Vegas, Baltimore and Washington D.C. experienced increases of more than ten percent in congestion during peak commuting periods from 2008 to 2009?

Top 10 Worst Traffic Cities of 2009

Top 10 Worst Traffic Cities of 2009
How do we know all this? Well, MapQuest traffic provider, INRIX, released its National Traffic Scorecard today noting that the economic recovery is playing a role in the rise of traffic congestion across the U.S. The annual report identifies and ranks the most congested cities and the worst traffic bottlenecks.

On the surprising side of things:
• Wednesday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. is the busiest peak travel time nationwide
• The best day to commute is Monday
• Philadelphia made the top 10 for the first time in the history of the National Traffic Scorecard
• More than 2,500 miles of the nation’s most important roads are congested more than five hours each week
• There are more than 20 hours of congestion each week or four hours each work day

For more information on the scorecard and analysis on the data check out the INRIX Traffic Scorecard.

Also, stay tuned here as tomorrow we will be posting some additional information, tips and ways to effectively handle what can sometimes be a stressful situation – daily commuting.