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LA Had World’s Worst Traffic Congestion for 6th Straight Year – Honk If You Knew This Already

Angelenos lost an average of $2,800 last year while stuck in rush-hour traffic

Whenever an Angeleno complains about the notoriously unbearable Los Angeles traffic costing them money, well, it turns out that they’re right.

In a new study published this week by research firm INRIX, Los Angeles took home the prize for the world’s worst traffic congestion for the sixth year in a row. Drivers spent 102 hours in peak rush-hour traffic in 2017, the report said.

The study also calculated that the average Angeleno lost $2,828 last year stuck in traffic, while the total cost for the city was a whopping $19.2 billion.

The stretch on I-10 E, a.k.a. the Santa Monica Freeway, between Exit 3A/S Figueroa St and Exit 13/I-110 costs commuters an average 74 hours in delays.

Once the evening rush hour concludes, though, Los Angeles’ streets aren’t nearly as congested — with its nighttime traffic below 35 other major cities.


And while L.A. has horrendous traffic throughout the day, the peak period isn’t nearly as bad as some other gridlocked locales such as San Francisco, Seattle, Boston — and  Portland, which makes a semi-surprising appearance on the INRIX list as well.

Overall, four other American cities — New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta and Miami — join Los Angeles in the top 10.

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