Monday, September 7, 2009

DC-Area Drivers Have Third Longest Commute in the Country

Just in time for the return to work after the Labor Day holiday...

Did you hear the report from WTOP Radio that D.C.-area drivers are slogging to and from work a lengthy 36.6 minutes each way, good enough for third longest in the nation? That according to a new report released by Inrix, a company that provides traffic and navigation systems.

"Only drivers in traffic-choked Los Angeles and Honolulu spend more time behind the wheel during their commutes, according to Inrix. WTOP reports that the study compared traffic statistics from the first half of this year to the first half of last year."

Meanwhile, refencing the same study, the Washington Business Journal reported that the region is now the fourth-most congested market in the U.S., according to Inrix’s data from 2008 through mid-2009.

"Traffic increased by 9 percent in the area in the first half of 2009, compared to the same period in 2008 when it ranked No. 5. Kirkland, Wash.-based Inrix, which provides traffic information to customers such as MapQuest and Microsoft Corp., says the D.C. area’s worst peak traffic comes between 5 and 6 p.m. Thursdays.

"The study ranked the nation’s top most-congested cities, naming Los Angeles No. 1. The city of angels was followed by New York, Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Philadelphia."

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