Tough Commute? Here’s the List of the Worst Commutes by City

February 24, 2016

Everyone is certain their commute is the worst. It’s almost an American pastime to spar with friends and colleagues over who has it the worst each day at 8 am and 6 pm.

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Everyone is certain their commute is the worst. It’s almost an American pastime to spar with friends and colleagues over who has it the worst each day at 8 am and 6 pm. 

Two hours… three hours… four hours a day in the car? 

Well now the debates can be settled. Researchers at Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute, and INRIX, a data technology company, have released their 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard… And it’s not pretty.

DC tops the list (again) as daily car commuters faced 82 hours of delays in 2014, compared to 80 in LA, 78 for those in San Francisco and 74 for New York City commuters.

Adding insult to their wallets, “In 2014, the average commuter in Washington, D.C. wasted 35 gallons of gas while stuck in congestion,” said Bill Eisele, senior research engineer and co-author of the report. Ugh.

And not surprisingly theses congested regions match up with areas especially busy for Urgent.ly. You’d expect that when you’re sitting in hot traffic for hours cars will overheat, run out of gas or even get ditched in the median from driver frustration. Fortunately Urgent.ly drivers are running those same painful routes and therefore always nearby when something goes wrong. Be prepared: grab the apps here.

So what about the other cites? Is yours in the top 10? See the blended scores below or check out the report here.