While many of us think we have the worst commute, it turns out that some areas in each state have it rougher than others.
Most of us would do pretty much anything to have an easier life, right? It’s not just grinding away in the office that is enough to suck the fun from our lives, it’s the commute there and back. Some of us spend hours trying to get to work, while others have to battle the public as everyone is trying to get from A to B at one time.
Living in Los Angeles will see you on average stuck in traffic for 102 hours a year while New Yorkers enjoy 91 hours a year. All of this commuting has been linked to higher levels of stress, weight gain, and some commutes are even said to have an effect on our relationships – and not in a good way.
While most of us can’t avoid the daily commute, each state has its worst.
Deltona – Daytona Beach, Florida
Things in the City of Deltona got so bad that the local council was forced to take matters into their own hands and find a way to try and calm the traffic. It was all thanks to a host of new developments that brought a lot more traffic to the area.
Deltona soon saw an increase of people using local roads where they ignored the speed limits as everyone was in a rush to get to and from work. The city had no choice but to release a handbook for residents to explain how to reduce the excess traffic as well as how to avoid speeding.
All in all, the extra vehicles teamed with people taking driving laws into their own hands means that a trip to work in Deltona takes people an average of 25.3 minutes.
Greater New Haven, Connecticut
The rising number of people trying to travel around Greater New Haven was quickly getting out of hand. The city knew that it needed to do something, and decided to spend millions of dollars trying to get things back under control.
This meant adding a brand new rail line, new train cars, and even completely overhauling the highway interchange to get things back on the move. Sadly, it wasn’t enough. It seems as though even spending millions isn’t enough as the council is failing to meet the demands of Greater New Haven.
You better hope that you’re not in a rush when it comes to navigating the city as commuters spend, on average, 25.4 minutes on their journey. It might be time to head back to the drawing board with those plans for the city.
Minneapolis – Saint Paul, Minnesota
While some areas are flooded with people but not enough jobs to give them all a place to work, it turns out that Minneapolis – Saint Paul ahs the opposite issue. That’s right; the Twin Cities metro area actually has more jobs available than people living in the city.
This means that people in the surrounding areas and out of state have taken advantage of the number of positions on the market and often travel to the city for work. 242,000 people, to be precise.
In fact, the area alone is said to account for 60% of employment in the state. Perhaps it’s no wonder that people have such a hard time getting to and from work? Here, people can expect to spend an average of 25.6 minutes on their commute.
St Louis, Missouri
It looks as though times really are tough for St Louis. While the city still makes it onto the list of the worst commutes across the US, people are rapidly moving out of the area, and the state is desperate to try and get people back.
In 2019, St Louis started selling family homes for $1 in the hopes that people would move to the area. There were more than 500 to choose from, but they were mostly falling down and needed a lot of work before they could be used as a family home once again.
Even with fewer people in the area and St Louis trying to get more people to live and work in the city, it still takes commuters an average of 25.7 minutes to get to work.
Cars aren’t the only way to get to and from work. Some people rely on public transport, such as taking the bus or train. Sadly, things have been on the decline in Richmond since 2013 as it’s thought 20% fewer people are using public transport.
However, people using vehicles more and more means that roads are being destroyed, and more work needs to be done to keep them useable. Sadly, it seems as though people can’t win. There are many reasons that people have stopped using public transport as much in recent years.
Driving to work often costs a lot less, and many others are worried about safety while using trains and busses. These two significant factors mean that people now spend an average of 25.7 minutes trying to get to work each day.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans conjures up all kinds of images for everyone. Perhaps it’s the bright atmosphere? Maybe it’s the Mardi Gras? Whatever the case, it looks as though you’ll have plenty of time to take it all in while you’re trying to commute to and from work.
That’s because people, on average, spend 25.8 minutes on their commute. One of the significant reasons for such a long commute is thanks to the fact that people are opting out of using public transport. The figures fell from 13% to 6% between 2000 and 2017.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. It turns out that New Orleans has been using bikes more in recent years as bike traffic now makes up 3% of commuter traffic. This makes them one of the highest bike-using cities across the US.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston has rapidly been growing over the last few years. This means there are more vehicles on the road as well as more pedestrians and cyclists being forced to use the dangerous roads. You might want to look twice before you cross the street in Charleston as it’s said that cyclists and pedestrians are more likely to lose their lives here than anywhere else in the state.
Sadly, it’s all thanks to the lack of cycle lanes and sidewalks being added to the growing road network that sees more traffic every year. People are forced to cross busy intersections and walk against the traffic.
All these accidents teamed with new people moving into and working in the area means that people spend an average of 26.2 minutes on their commute.
San Diego, California
Do you fancy spending an average of 26.3 minutes stuck in traffic every day? You might need to move to San Diego as that’s what commuters here face every day.
Things have got so bad in the city that San Diego Magazine put together it’s own list of tips on how to avoid traffic in the area. This even includes where to live to try and stay as far away from traffic jams as possible.
Most of the tips speak about trying to avoid North County in the mornings thanks to the number of people trying to get around the city as well as leaving as early as possible if you want to avoid a trip of staring at people’s taillights. It appears as though you have to pick your time to travel through San Diego.
Providence, Rhode Island
It seems as though it might be too late to save Providence, Rhode Island, but the city is still trying its hardest to get traffic on the move. It takes an average of 26.3 minutes to get across the city.
The I-95 is one of the worst interstates in the state as it is the main route that runs all the way down the East Coast from Miami to Maine. As if that was enough, Providence has some plans up its sleeve.
One of the major exits – and main bottlenecks in the city – has been shut for more than a year. Millions of dollars have been spent trying to get it back up and running, but it looks as though the city now plans of combining the exit with another significant bottleneck to create one massive problem instead.
There is a good reason that Jacksonville has earned the name the City of Bridges: there are nine found across the city that take people across rivers, canals, and just about anything else in the way. Commuters here spend an average of 26.3 minutes in their vehicle, but at least there is plenty to look at, right?
Many of the bridges have been standing for many years and have a lot of history behind them. Mathews Bridge opened in 1953. This led to a significant expansion of Downtown as people suddenly had a new way to reach the area.
Main Street Bridge, also known as Blue Bridge, has become a massive attraction in the city. Many can’t wait to get a snap of the landmark thanks to the fact it’s the only lift bridge in the area.
San Antonio, Texas
It turns out that San Antonio has a huge number of people trying to commute. That’s because commuters make up 79% of drivers in the city. All of those vehicles mean that people typically spend 26.5 minutes in traffic.
This has also earned San Antonio a spot on the most congested cities in the US list. It is one of the fastest-growing areas of the nation, meaning the roads have taken the brunt of the extra people. It’s thought that people in San Antonio have to spend an average of 17% longer on their journey, all thanks to the additional vehicles.
People are now worried that it’s too late to build any alternatives for the city and that the rising number of people trying to drive around the area could be enough to cripple San Antonio altogether.
Raleigh, North Carolina
How long do you spend driving to work? Perhaps it only takes a few minutes? Maybe you’re forced to spend nearly an hour behind the wheel? One couple in Raleigh, Al and Rosalie Cervini spend two hours driving each way to make their 292-mile round-trip to get to work every day.
The pair run a restaurant in Wilmington, North Carolina, but they say it’s the best decision they have made. The couple loves their job. Al drives there and back every day while Rosalie only makes the journey half of the week.
They both hope to move closer to their work in the future. Thankfully, the rest of Raleigh only has to spend 26.5 minutes on their journey. It doesn’t seem like much after learning the lengths that some people will go to for their career.
Back in 2015, the US Census Bureau released some surprising figures. They said there were around 123,000 jobs available in Montgomery, the capital city of the state. However, over 64,000 commute to the city every day for work.
This means that 52% of people working in Montgomery don’t actually live in the city. Many people travel from Birmingham while others pass through the city to get to work. All of that extra travel means that an average trip sees people spend 26.6 minutes behind the wheel.
Nearly a quarter of people live more than 50 miles away, meaning that money is being earned in the city before it’s driven back across the state. Now, the council has been left to find a way to ensure local people take local jobs to try and calm the traffic.
Santa Rosa, California
Santa Rosa has a population of just 200,000 people, yet there are still plenty of issues when it comes to traffic around the city. People spend an average of 26.7 minutes in traffic as they try to navigate the many intersections that fill the city.
Sadly, things got even tougher in October 2019 as the city was one of the many that found itself involved in planned power outages. It turns out they didn’t think things through as many of the traffic lights were also switched off by mistake.
This led to a host of accidents as people were flying through intersections. Plus, places in the city that rely on traffic lights to control vehicles suddenly had slow-moving traffic with nowhere to go. Authorities warned that people needed to treat intersections as four-way stop junctions instead.
Some of us have had enough of commuting in vehicles and prefer to use other forms of transport instead. So what about when you have to travel 21 miles to work, and you have no choice but to walk the distance?
One man, James Robertson, was making just that journey every day. We’re sure that took a lot longer than the average 26.7-minute commute that others face across the city. It wasn’t long before James’ story reached headlines, and people wanted to find a way to help.
Another man, Evan Leedy, knew the struggle of having to work in another county, but he was lucky enough to have a car. Evan quickly set up a GoFundMe page to try and raise $5,000 to help James get a vehicle of his own.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Believe it or not, but only 1% of commuters in Baton Rouge confessed they use public transport to get to work in a 2018 survey run by Business Report. This means that people spend an average of 26.7 minutes in their vehicle just to get to work, while the few that do use public transport have an average 40-minute journey ahead of them every day.
That’s not all. Studies have shown that traffic jams on the Baton Rouge Bridge are some of the worst in the nation, let alone the state.
There is a $350 million plan to try and widen the bridge as a way to help motorists cross the bridge. Still, it could take up to seven years to complete and lead to plenty of disruptions along the way.
When you think of Arizona, the chances are that you have wonderful images or deserts and cacti, right? You might want to add a few tail lights and cars into the mix when thinking of Phoenix. Average commutes take around 26.7 minutes.
This means that people are stuck on average in 34 hours of traffic every year. There are many reasons for so many disruptions to travel throughout the city. The population and number of jobs available continues to grow while the roads aren’t ready to support the extra people.
Plus, there are often a considerable number of accidents across the city during rush hour. Even small accidents can lead to massive disruptions. The city is working on plans to try and remove accidents from the roads and get things moving faster as a way to help.
Greater Austin, Texas
It comes to something when a city has to write a list of tips to try and help people navigate the traffic. That’s just what greater Austin was forced to do as people are spending an average of 27 minutes trying to get to work every day.
One of the top tips is to try and leave as early as possible. Another one of their ideas is to listen to the traffic report before you leave to see if there are any unexpected jams along the way.
With so many alternate routes, you might have to memorize a road map if you want to find a quick way around the hold-up. Another tip? Learn the toll roads. These can be a huge pain for people trying to navigate the city, so it might be time to find a way around.
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
There might be a good reason that it takes people so long to get around the city here: it is home to so many huge businesses. It takes an average of 27.2 minutes to get to work, and it looks as though you could be battling against plenty of other people who are all trying to go the same way.
Crayola, Wal-Mart, and Amazon are just some of the many famous companies that have stores and warehouses in the area. It’s not uncommon to spend a lot of your day stuck in traffic when traveling through Lehigh Valley.
There are often plenty of accidents. Many cause people to lose their lives, so the roads have to be shut for a long time before the scene can be reopened, while construction work leads to diversions and delays.
Pittsburgh is changing – and fast. Long gone are the older buildings and businesses as they are rapidly being replaced with new apartment blocks and growing companies instead. So how is everyone supposed to navigate the changing city?
More people are biking to work than ever before. In fact, just 1,704 reported they rode their bike to work in 2010 compared to the 2,964 in 2016. However, there is another mode of transport that still dominates the top spot: cars.
A report in Pittsburgh City Paper reported that 77.5% of commuters who use their car drive alone. This clogs up the streets and leads to people spending an average of 27.3 minutes in the car on the way to work. Perhaps opting to take our bike instead could have more benefits than we ever believed?
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte isn’t just known for its traffic, it’s earned its own list of the worst commute found throughout the city. It appears that everyone is on the same boat – or traffic jam – as they try to get to work.
It’s reported that people spend an average of 27.3 minutes on each journey. University City to Ballantyne in the afternoon offers up views of nothing by tail lights and trees on one route or the blinding sun glaring into your eyes on another.
You might want to switch things up and try to drive down the I-77 in the afternoon, but prepare to get used to the scenery. Once you get onto this interstate, the chances are you’re going to be there for a pretty long time thanks to the almost daily accidents.
Greater Sacramento, California
Although Sacramento is the capital of California, it’s only the sixth-largest city across the state. Its traffic is still enough to earn it a spot on the list of the worst commutes across the US. Growth is something that people in Greater Sacramento have grown to love and hate over the years.
It means there are more businesses and more opportunities coming into the area. Sadly, it also means there are a lot more people trying to get around every day. 7 in 10 people choose to commute alone, but more than half of people say they would be open to using another form of transport.
Maybe it’s time to work on improving mass transport instead? People say the cost, time, and safety put people off. Using more trains and busses could help avoid the 27.6-minute average journey.
Like many cities across the US, Portland has fallen victim to a growing amount of congestion. People traveling across the city spend an average of 27.7 minutes behind the wheel as they try to make it to work.
Would you believe that in 2015, the amount of congestion cost a whopping $2 million? Of course, there are several reasons that Portland has become so congested. The older designs of roads mean that bottlenecks are more likely to happen when lanes merge.
Plus, the population has risen in the last few years, and many of them have brought vehicles with them. While the city is still battling the traffic, TomTom reported that Portland made the biggest leaps of any city in the US when it came to reducing the amount of traffic in 2019.
Tampa Bay Area, Florida
Those Gulf Coast beaches and plenty of sunshine might seem like a great reason to move to Tampa Bay, but you might have less time to enjoy them than you ever thought. That’s because Tampa Bay’s population is on the rise, and commuters have had to get used to the average 27.9-minute journey every day.
Fixing the West Coast in Tampa Bay is thought to be years away – and it comes with a bill that is predicted to cost billions of dollars. One stretch of road that is used by 150,000 vehicles every day is due for a $1.1 billion bill.
Sadly, it could take until 2024 before the route is complete. By then, the traffic could have dramatically changed even more. Just be sure to sit back and enjoy the view in the meantime.
It looks as though the commute in Tennessee might be getting to people more than we ever believed. Almost a quarter of people living in the city have confessed they quit their job, all thanks to the commute.
People now spend an average of 27.9 minutes in the car as they try to get to and from their career, but not a lot is enough to keep people at their jobs when they have to battle the traffic each and every day.
Many people in the survey said that traffic got progressively worse over five years, and their boss wasn’t doing anything to help. Some people were even having to leave an hour early just so they could secure a spot in the crawling traffic. Many have no choice but to travel through the city to get to work.
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
It’s starting to feel as though Florida has more of a traffic issue than any of us ever realized. People living in the Cape Coral area have got used to spending time in their cars thanks to the average 27.9-minute commute to work.
Fort Myers is thought to be one of the fastest-growing metro areas across the US, with businesses and the population rising every year. Many people worry that the city is developing too quickly as there is a high demand for houses in Cape Coral but not enough properties to go around.
Cape Coral Parkway is one of the worst offenders. Some ideas to help the flow of traffic include extending the turning boxes at junctions as well as getting rid of on-street parking altogether. It might be years before they reach a decision.
Winter Haven, Florida
In between Orlando and Tampa, you will find the city of Winter Haven. While Disneyworld often grabs most people’s attention, Winter Haven is home to Cypress Gardens and Legoland that both draw in thousands of visitors every year.
Sadly, all of those people need a way to get around. Team the additional visitors with everyone trying to get to work, and it might not be long before you find yourself caught in a 28-minute commute each day.
Even the thought alone is enough to put many people off the idea. However, many people are confused about the congestion. It seems as though Winter Haven has gone from a free-flowing city to one that has miles of back-ups stretching down plenty of roads. Trucks are now more common in the area. As are the number of accidents.
Thousand Oaks, California
Yet again, California makes its way onto the list of the worst commutes in the US. Thousand Oaks is just 40 miles away from Los Angeles. The city was once thought to be one of the safest places in the US until an incident in 2018 altered the statistics.
Commuting across Thousand Oaks will give you plenty of time to take it all in as people, on average, have to spend 28.1 minutes in their car. Unfortunately, people realized the roads weren’t built to handle a large number of vehicles when the city had to evacuate back in 2018, thanks to wildfires in the area.
There are a lot more people living in the city compared to the capacity of the roads. The evacuation led to huge bottlenecks as everyone tried to make it to safety.
For now, commuters in the city of Denver have to deal with an average of 28.1 minutes in their cars as they travel to work. However, that might not last long. Research shows that 70% of commuters drive on their own.
Mayor Michael Hancock has a plan to get this to change. He announced plans back in 2017 for a Mobility Action Plan. This will cost $2 billion, but will hopefully see 30% of single-person commuters out of cars and using another form of transport by 2030.
Some sidewalks currently stop abruptly because it’s down to the property owner to build them. There also needs to be a considerable increase in the number of bike lanes around the city. That hasn’t stopped Michael Hancock as he believes that clearing the streets is possible.
Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas
Driving to work in Dallas might not only take you an average of 28.6 minutes, but it could put your life at risk, too. The city is thought to have the fifth-highest rates of people losing their lives in road traffic accidents than anywhere else in the US.
The numbers meant that an average of two people lost their lives each week in Dallas back in 2017. Now, the council wants to see that number come down to zero. Studies show that the majority of accidents happen at intersections, especially since Texas banned the use of red-light cameras.
For now, the people of Dallas – Fort Worth have to get used to spending an average of 54 hours in traffic jams as well as spending around $1,674 to cover the cost of emissions, fuel, and wear and tear.
Everything from bad weather to a fender bender has seen congestion dramatically rise in the last few years. Now, people in Worcester have to spend around 28.7 minutes a day in traffic. People do have a small piece of positivity to hold onto as Worcester’s commute times as one minute faster than the average across the rest of the state.
However, the worst thing about the traffic in Worcester is the fact that it’s so unpredictable. By 6am, a quarter of roads across the city are already congested. The same happens when people try to head home as roads quickly get blocked up from 3pm.
There have been suggestions to improve public transport in Worcester as well as adding free-to-use lanes for carpools or buses while others are forced to pay just to help ease the traffic.
Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
While Urban Honolulu still has a reputation for its mile of traffic, it seems as though things have improved for the city over the years. Back in 2012, an analytics firm ranked it as the worst city for traffic in the whole of the US.
Yes, Honolulu really was worse than Los Angeles at one point in its life. At least things could be worse, right? Amazingly, Honolulu still is in the top 140 cities for the worst amount of traffic in the world.
It’s thought that people spend an average of 28.8 minutes commuting to work, which all adds up to 37 hours of traffic a year. It’s believed the landscape might play a huge part in the traffic. Only so many places that can have the road widened before the sea or mountains get in the way.
Greater Orlando, Florida
Believe it or not, but it’s thought that 68 million people visit Orlando every year. The booming tourist destination pulls in Disney lovers from all across the world. Many arrive to see the sites of the city while others spend their days trying to get to and from Disneyworld.
All of those extra vehicles mean that commuters spend an average of 29.4 minutes sat in their cars. While all those tourists might seem like a pain to people living in the area, they do help to bring in a whopping $50 million a year.
It appears that people living in Orlando have been forced to get used to their time in traffic. Sure, most of the roads have been built to handle the growing number of tourists, but that doesn’t stop the number of accidents across the city.
Greater Miami, Florida
It’s not all cars and trucks that are taking up room when it comes to commuting across Miami. It turns out that one guy was so bored with spending his time sat in traffic that he found a new way to get to work.
That’s right; he paddle boarded to work instead. Apparently, he was sick of rude drivers and having to battle with everyone else every day, so he decided to get up and active. Having dolphins and pelicans by your side sure do beat a string of angry people in cars.
It’s thought that all that time in traffic costs Miami around $4 billion a year in lost work. That’s all thanks to the average 29.9 minutes that it takes to commute to work. However, some people have found themselves stuck in gridlock for hours.
Greater Houston, Texas
Houston is huge. And when we say huge, we mean staggeringly large. In fact, Houston is so large that you could fit Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, and Manhattan in the borders of the city. Now that’s a big city.
Being so large means that it’s inevitable that people have to drive across Greater Houston to make it to work. Sadly, all of that space means there are plenty of places for things to go wrong as people have to spend an average of 29.9 minutes on their commute.
They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and it looks as though the same could soon be said for the solution to Houston’s traffic issues. The plan is to spend billions of dollars on expanding existing roads in the city to help them cope with the extra cars.
San Jose – Santa Clara, California
People in San Jose have been driven so mad by the continual traffic that many of them have looked for any way to get around the miles of cars backed up throughout the city. People often have to spend an average of 30 minutes behind the wheel, and that’s time that many just don’t have to waste.
So what is there to do? Some people have complicated missions that involve driving to train stations, catching shuttles, and walking to work while one man has created his own Mad Max bike. He had taken eight different bikes and welded them all together to make one long bike.
This is perfect for carrying heavy loads. Plus, he can fold it in half to take it on the train. Some people will go to any length just to avoid the congestion.
Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
It turns out that it might not be people trying to get into Greater Philadelphia that causes an issue, but people trying to leave instead. That’s because a recent study showed that 40% of people on the roads are trying to commute out of the city.
Either way, people are still finding themselves caught in an average of 30.3 minutes of traffic each journey. One of the most significant reasons that roads are becoming so clogged up with cars is because people are turning their backs on public transport.
It looks as though bus routes no longer match people’s needs while others simply can’t afford the tickets. To top it off, Greater Philadelphia is filled with curbside parking. Why take the bus when you could park right at the door of your job
Paradise Road has long been known as one of the most dangerous streets in Modesto thanks to the sheer number of traffic collisions that take place along the stretch of road. California eventually granted the city $3.9 million to invest in the street to try and help make things a lot safer for everyone involved.
Up to 15,000 vehicles use this stretch of road alone, with many collisions involving cyclists and pedestrians. The money will help the area to invest in cycle lanes as well as filling in the missing gaps of sidewalk that put people in more danger.
Even with people speeding through Modesto, commuters still find themselves stuck in a tremendous amount of traffic every day. On average, most people find they have to spend 30.4 minutes traveling at the end of each day.
Los Angeles, California
The City of Angels has long earned a reputation for the impressive traffic jams that build up throughout the city. In fact, it can often feel as though Los Angeles is nothing more than one big gridlocked mess.
However, it still isn’t the longest commute in the US. On average, it seems as though people living in the city spend 30.8 minutes traveling to and from work. Amazingly, it takes longer to get home in LA than it does to get to work. Why?
Studies show it’s thanks to people running errands after work. Heading to the store or meeting your friends for dinner means the traffic shifts throughout the city and builds up in areas that are usually clear in the morning. Not what everyone wants after a tough day in the office.
Seattle – Tacoma, Washington
You might want to make sure you have a comfortable car if you need to commute across Seattle because the chances are that you could be about to join everyone else in the average 31 minutes it takes to commute to work.
Seattle Magazine has listed the best suburbs to live if you want to enjoy a quicker commute to work as trips from these take between 30 minutes and an hour. Kent has a train service that has been specifically designed to suit commuters working the nine to five shift Monday to Friday.
SeaTac is just a train ride away from Downtown Seattle while it’s also filled with a handful of bus routes. The best bit? There are also plenty of new builds in the suburb for people looking for a new home.
Greater Boston, Massachusetts
It’s not just the fact that commutes take an average of 31.4 minutes, it’s also that rush-hour in Boston is said to be the worst in any city across the US. The city’s filled with thousands of residents who have a lot to learn before they can take to the road.
The speed limit varies from one road to the next while some streets have bike lanes and others don’t; there are different signs for different things, and varying widths across the city. It’s one big confusing accident waiting to happen, and they do – a lot.
App-hail companies are a prominent part of driving in Boston, while street parking is often free or extremely well priced. While the highways are sleek and modern, many of the other roads in Boston are old and never designed to handle this much traffic.
Central Maryland, Maryland
Cities are forced to look at all options when it comes to easing traffic. Miles of congestion can cost everyone money thanks to the wasted time and wear and tear on the road as well as damaging the environment. So what is there to do?
One plan for Greater Maryland has been considered across the nation. There have been talks of introducing toll roads to try and discourage people from driving or charging those in regular lanes but offering free lanes for people in carpools or shared transport.
This isn’t helped by the number of road closures there have already been across the city so far. People already have to spend an average of 31.5 minutes traveling to and from work. Could upgrading the roads be enough to add more disruption to it all?
Greater Bridgeport, Connecticut
Interstate 95. The name that is enough to bring many people to tears – especially if they live in Greater Bridgeport. The interstate has held many people captive over the years as drivers are forced to crawl there way through the mounding traffic.
In fact, it takes people an average of 31.6 minutes just to get to work. Interstate 95 has been the cause of many issues over the years. It’s seen people miss concerts and sports games at Webster Bank Arena over the years as well as costing people $1.2 billion a year whole wasting 54 million hours.
However, there could be a simple answer. Studies have shown that widening I-95 could be all it takes to slash travel times and get people moving. Now, they just need the green light to put their plans into motion.
It really is taking the cake when your city is named as the 23rd most congested city on the planet. That’s what happened to Chicago back in 2018 when INRIX handed them the prize. To top it off, INRIX also named Chicago as the 3rd most congested place in the US in the same year.
It’s believed that commuters have to spend an average of 31.8 minutes trying to get to work. However, they won’t be getting there any time soon as people travel at an average of 12mph.
All of that time in traffic adds up to 138 hours stuck in your car every year as well as costing drivers an average of $1,920 each. That’s not the kind of money that most of us have to throw away.
Metro Atlanta, Georgia
It looks as though officials working for the state of Georgia already have an answer to the traffic issue: build toll roads. We’re sure that will sort things out in no time. People spend an average of 32.3 minutes trying to get to work, let alone any errands they need to run throughout the rest of their lives.
It seems as though people living in Metro Atlanta have their own ideas about how to speed things up and get cars moving. Some feel that it would be more productive to invest in bus routes and upgraded vehicles rather than charging people to use roads.
Others think that all parking lots should charge and that trains should be cheaper for people that live in the city compared to those visiting from outside the area.
Inland Empire, California
California has been famous for many things throughout the years. Inland Empire was once renowned for its citrus industry that earned the city the name Orange Empire. Over the last few decades, most of the groves have disappeared and been replaced with giant warehouses instead.
In fact, around 40% of the nation’s consumer goods, including everything from Amazon shipments to iPhones and everything in between, find themselves sat on shelves in one of these warehouses before they are shipped across the nation. Would you believe there are a billion square feet of mega warehouses across the area?
This includes some of the largest in the world. Thankfully, commuters get plenty of time to stop and stare at the changing landscape thanks to the average 32.7 minutes it takes to travel to and from work in the Inland Empire.
Stockton – Lodi, California
Stockton boasts some of the longest commute times in the US, thanks to the average 33.5 minutes it takes to get to work. However, things were once very different for the area. Just a few years ago, Stockton was on the verge of being declared bankrupt thanks to the lack of money coming into the city.
Now, the city is trialing a new basic income plan that means people get paid $500 a month with no strings attached. It’s all thanks to the growing philanthropy in the surrounding areas, meaning people want to give back to the community and try to build things back up again.
While things have been tough over the years, Stockton has won the All-American City award on more than one occasion thanks to their civic engagement.
San Francisco, California
It’s not just the average 34.4-minute commute that people have to endure when living in San Francisco; they also pay 62.6% more than others in the country thanks to the incredibly high cost of living in the city.
Some reports say that people in San Fran have gone from spending 95 hours in traffic in 2012 to 103 hours in 2017. That’s quite a jump. It’s believed that all of that idle time in congestion wastes people 45 gallons of fuel every year.
It also costs the area $4.7 million. So why is the congestion so bad? A lot of the added vehicles come from tourists who want to explore the city. That’s not all. San Fran has also seen a massive increase in the number of app-hail companies.
Washington Metropolitan Area, Virginia and Maryland
Earning the name of a “national embarrassment” or “the worst in the world” probably isn’t something the capital’s metro system was aiming for when it first took off. Sadly, the system hasn’t been able to shake the names thanks to the number of things that seem to go wrong on a daily basis.
There are always delays, fares seem to be on the rise at every moment, and fires regularly break out in the tunnels. Don’t think that you can escape the mess of the metro by driving across the city.
Here, commuters spend an average of 34.9 minutes on their commute. The area regularly uses an extra 90 gallons of fuel per person each year as well as spending $4.6 billion a year to pay for all that extra fuel and lost time at work. Ouch.
Greater New York, New York
So we have it: the worst commute in the US. Greater New York has a lot of things to be proud of, but the city’s traffic management certainly leaves a lot to be desired. On average, it takes 37 minutes for people to get to work.
That’s a lot longer than anywhere else across the nation. However, most of the people trying to get around the city aren’t even there to work in the first place. Would you believe that more than 1.6 million people arrive in Manhattan from another country every day?
That’s a lot of extra people to account for. Sure, the yellow taxi cabs are a famous icon from New York, but the majority of commuters are forced to take the subway. Sadly, this crumbling public transport leaves a lot to the imagination.