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Woohoo! L.A. No Longer the Worst U.S. City for Drivers!
"We're Number TWO! We're Number TWO!" Hey, Los Angeles is no longer the worst U.S. city for drivers, according to a just-released study. Our epic traffic jams were finally ousted by Honolulu, Hawaii, putting L.A. in the number two ranking.
While Honolulu's drivers sat through an average of 58 hours stuck in traffic in 2011, L.A. drivers only endured a mere average 56 for the year.
But if you are sad about L.A. losing our national rep for having totally suckass traffic, hey, check this out: We have the worst corridor for traffic in the nation (that's the I-405 NB from the I-105 to Getty Center) and three other lousy corridors ranked in the nation's top ten worst (the I-10 EB from the 1/Lincoln Blvd. to Alameda Street ranks #3; the I-5 SB from Cesar Chavez to Valley View ranks #5; and the I-405 SB from Nordhoff Street to Mulholland Drive ranks #7). Yikes: L.A. has almost half of the 10 worst corridors in the country.
Overall, the study found that congestion in the nation dropped 30 percent from 2010.
When is the worst time to drive? Well, how was your morning commute? "Tuesday at 8:00 AM was the busiest morning commute hour," notes Inrix. Working for the weekend? "Friday at 5:30 PM was the busiest evening commute hour where the average trip took 16 percent longer," they add.
Hmmm, so how does L.A. rank for audiobook and podcast listening rates? Considering how many hours we waste in the car, hopefully a bunch of us are at least using the time wisely.