SAN FRANCISCO—Los Angeles ranks as the second most congested city in the US, closely followed by San Francisco in third, according to The Urban Mobility Scorecard Annual Report. It was released by the traffic data company INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI).
Angelinos spent a total of 80 hours in 2014 sitting in traffic, more than San Francisco’s 78 hours of delays. Claiming the first spot is the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., at 82 hours. New York clocked in at 74 hours and San Jose at 67 hours.
Analysts utilized vehicle detection loops in 100 of the US’s largest cities, which are installed in the freeway system, to collect the data for 2014’s report. The loops work by sending electrical signals to a device that collects data whenever a car drives over one.
Eleven of “America’s 25 Worst Roads” are in Los Angeles, with the city of Angels holding the top three spots on the list.
Claiming the honor of worst stretch of freeway in the states are the southbound lanes of the 101 Freeway between Woodland Hills and Downtown LA. The time of the commute increases on Wednesdays between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., when the 26-mile drive can take up to 90 minutes.
Los Angeles has also secured its spot as number one within the category of worst commute during rush hour. Congestion during these hours increased commute times by 43 percent in comparison to any other point of the day.
By 2020, without any changes on several fronts including project, program and policy, according to the report, the average US commuter’s delay will increase from 42 hours to 47 hours. The complete nationwide statistic will grow from 6.9 billion hours to 8.3 billion hours and the congestion costs will surge from $160 billion to $192 billion.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has also recorded that in the last 12 months, Americans have driven 3 trillion miles, topping the 2007 record.
The report concludes that congestion will increasingly worsen unless action is taken on all fronts. “Solutions must involve a mix of strategies, combining new construction, better operations, and more transportation options as well as flexible work schedules,” states the press release.
Cities like Chicago, San Francisco and LA are taking action to offset this rising costs. Automobiles are beginning to be kicked to curb by new systems being implemented to help promote public transportation and environmental friendly options. Bike share systems have also been introduced to help reduce carbon emissions and traffic within the city.