Get Out Of My Way!!!!!!
According to the scorecard, 70 of the 100 most populated U.S.cities saw a bump in traffic. And fasten your seat belt: If the jobless rate falls to 7 percent by 2012, as some economists expect, the newly employed will make 9 million more daily commuting trips, adding to the gridlock.
Most Congested Cities
Here’s a list of the 10 most congested cities in the United States, based on an analysis of traffic on major highways in the 100 largest metropolitan areas. These cities account for more than half of U.S. traffic bottlenecks.
City / Worst Time of Day to Drive
- Los Angeles / Thursday — 5:30 p.m.
- New York / Friday — 5:15 p.m.
- Chicago / Friday — 5:15 p.m.
- Washington, D.C. / Thursday — 5:30 p.m.
- Dallas / Friday — 5:15 p.m.
- San Francisco / Thursday — 5:30 p.m.
- Houston / Friday — 5:15 p.m.
- Boston / Friday — 5:30 p.m.
- Philadelphia / Friday — 5:15 p.m.
- Seattle / Thursday — 5:15 p.m.
INRIX’s tip to drivers? Know before you go. The afternoon rush hours on Thursdays and Fridays are generally the most congested. If you’re flexible, keep the following best and worst commuting days and times in mind before pulling out of your driveway:
- Getting around (without a car) guide. Read
- 25 apps for your trips. Read
- Most dangerous cities for driving. Read
- Is it time to hang up the keys? Read
Worst traffic day: Thursday
Best weekday for traffic: Monday
Worst weekday morning: Tuesday
Best weekday morning: Friday
Worst commuting hour: Friday, 5 to 6 p.m.
Best commuting hour: Friday, 6 to 7 a.m.
Worst evening commute: Friday
Best evening commute: Monday
Still, even if you can’t plan ahead, a number of resources from MapQuest to iPhone and Android phone traffic apps can help you. With real-time information on congested roads in your area, you’ll likely spend less time sitting bumper to bumper and more time doing what you set out in your car to do in the first place.