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New Study Confirms L.A. Has Worst Traffic EVER

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Kick back and enjoy the view on the 91 Freeway -- a frequent traffic nightmare no matter the weather. (photo by danorth via flickr)
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It's time to accept what we've known for so long. Traffic in Los Angeles sucks. Argument over, in fact, we may as well just quit whining and save our breath for smoggier (or more radiated) days ahead.

A new Top 100 list released by INRIX puts Los Angeles at the very top. As in the #1 Worst. Number one most-congested metro. It's even getting worse in Ventura County, according to the Star, which reminisces about the open roads of the recession because really, rising unemployment is the best cure for freeway congestion.

Ever wonder when the absolute worst time to get on the road is around these parts? It's now been determined to be 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, according to the various GPS, traffic and accident data collected for the report by a company that wishes to sell traffic data (but also has a free app). The average commute in 2010 took us 71 percent longer than normal. Normal?!?

Props to the guvmint for at least opening up real-time traffic data for such studies. It's a start.