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Daily Real Estate News  |  April 18, 2008  |   The Worst Cities for Commuters
Commuters in America’s most crowded cities spend hours in their automobiles hoping traffic will clear.

To determine the nation’s most congested city, Forbes examined traffic in the 75 largest metro areas, calculating which ones logged the longest commuting times and the longest delays.

The magazine examined data from made available by the Texas Transportation Institute, a research division of Texas A&M University.

Researchers say the worst traffic is in places where most people commute from distant suburbs to center city. The best situation is where they commute to nearby suburbs.

Here’s a list of cities where commuters spend the most time stuck in traffic:
  • Washington, D.C. Annual delays per commuter: 60 hours; commutes longer than 45 minutes, 28.3 percent.
  • Atlanta. 60 hours; 24 percent.
  • Los Angeles. 72 hours; 19 percent.
  • San Francisco. 60 hours; 20 percent.
  • Houston. 56 hours; 17.3 percent.
  • New York. 46 hours; 43 percent.
  • Riverside-San Bernardino. Calif. 49 hours; 23 percent.
  • Chicago. 46 hours; 25 percent.
  • Dallas. 58 hours; 16.5 percent.
  • Boston. 46 hours; 20 percent

Source: Forbes, Matt Woolsey (04/10/2008)

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