Washington is only sixth most congested urban area in U.S
Stop being so proud of a ranking no one really wants, DC. Unlike some earlier studies that put Washington first or second, a recent study found that the nationês capital is only sixth in the ranking of the most congested urban areas in the country. First is you guessed it Los Angeles, followed by New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Miami, and then DC. Dallas, Boston, Chicago and Seattle round out the top 10. The information is from the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard.
Washington area drivers spent 61 hours in traffic last year during rush hour and a total of 11.3 percent of their drive time in congestion, at a cost per driver of $1,694, and a cost to the city of $3 billion.
The demand for driving is expected to continue to rise, while the supply of roadway will remain flat, said Bob Pishue, senior economist at INRIX. Using big data and roadways offers a more immediate impact on traffic flows and mobility while transportation officials explore capital investments.Download Bulletin PDF