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LA traffic is again the world’s worst, by this analytics firm’s accounting

By in Press Enterprise on February 8, 2018

By Maryanne Dell According to an analysis of traffic congestion, Los Angeles drivers spend more time in gridlock than drivers anywhere else in the world. Drivers throughout Southern California — like these on the westbound 91 in Corona — feel the pain of hours spent behind the wheel. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

In a study that may come as no surprise to Southern California commuters, Los Angeles’ traffic is the most gridlocked in the world.

According to the Global Traffic Scorecard, an annual study by transportation analytics company Inrix, 2017 was the sixth year in a row that LA held that distinction. The study measured the percentage of drive time spent in gridlocked traffic during peak travel periods, as well as how much that gridlock cost the city or metropolitan area analyzed.

In 2017, Los Angeles drivers spent 12 percent of their time on the road in gridlock, which added up to 102 hours.

But there is some good news found in the study. Those 102 hours were 2 percent fewer than those spent sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic in 2016.

The cost to LA in 2017? According to Kirkland, Wash.-based Inrix, $19.2 billion.

Los Angeles did not have the most congested traffic corridor in 2017, however. The only Southern California freeway to appear on the list was the I-10 between the 405 and the 110. It came in No. 4. New Yorkers can lay claim to the most congested piece of highway: the Cross Bronx Expressway in New York City.

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