I spent about 15 years of my life commuting in rush hour traffic in the NYC metro area. My last commute was 55 miles each way, over the Tappan Zee bridge; if I left before six in the morning, I could make it to work by seven. On the flip side, Friday afternoons were absolute hell, since I knew that just crossing the three mile span over the Hudson River would take me an hour. More, if there was an accident on the bridge. Even my shorter commutes, with multiple route options, were a crapshoot: guess right, and a 25 mile commute took about 45 minutes. Guess wrong, and the same commute could easily take an hour and a half.
Other U.S. cites are equally notorious for traffic problems. Traffic jams in LA and Atlanta are the stuff of legend, and there’s a reason why most people who work in Washington D.C. commute via subway. If you listened to commuters in these cities (or Boston, or Seattle, or Chicago) they’d tell you their commute was much worse than drivers in NYC. If only an impartial third party would step forward and rank U.S. commutes in order of their heinousness.
You’re in luck, rush hour warriors: Navteq, a provider of electronic mapping and traffic data solutions has stepped forward with a list of the ten U.S. cities with the worst rush hour commutes. From worst to “least worst”, these are:
– New York
– Washington D.C.
– Los Angeles
– Dallas – Ft. Worth
The list takes into consideration rush hour speeds and congestion within the city, but doesn’t factor in conditions such as weather. Commuting in Los Angeles may still suck, but at least you’re not fighting snow like drivers in New York and Chicago. Traffic isn’t getting any lighter, so you may as well enjoy the commute you have now before it gets any worse.