Study Finds L.A. Has Worst Gridlock of Over 1,000 Cities

Gridlock traffic on a Los Angeles Freeway

Out of 1,361 cities in 38 countries, Los Angeles has been found to have the worst gridlock for the sixth year in a row, according to INRIX, a company that specializes in car services and transportation analytics.

INRIX found that drivers in and around Los Angeles spent 102 hours battling traffic congestion during peak hours in 2017. In contrast, New York City motorists spent 91 hours battling peak hour gridlock. New York was Number 3 on the INRIX list. Number 2 was Moscow.

But Los Angeles had lower peak period tie-ups than San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and Portland. And when it comes to nighttime travel, L.A. streets rank better than those of 35 other cities.

The study found that traffic congestion cost motorists in the United States nearly $305 billion in 2017, or an average of $1,445 per driver. These sums reflect direct and indirect costs.

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