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Attention DC Drivers: Your Commute's Even Worse

New report finds that congestion in the Washington area is on the rise



    DC has the fourth most congested commute in the country, and it's getting worse. (Published Wednesday, March 9, 2011)

    We have some unfortunate news for those of you who spend hours upon hours every day inside your car.  Traffic is the Washington-area is actually getting worse!

    INRIX, a leading provider of traffic and navigation services, released its 4th Annual INRIX National Traffic Scorecard on Tuesday.  It found that nationwide, traffic increased by 11 percent in 2010.

    The 11 percent increase in traffic translates to a 10 percent increase in travel time for the average driver.  This is on top of the already excruciatingly long commutes for people in areas like Washington.

    According to the INRIX report, the Washington-area has the fourth-worst congestion out of any U.S. city.  The report found that on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., a commuter’s average trip takes 51 percent longer than normal.  The only cities with worse numbers were Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

    So what does this mean for the future of our highways? 

    “America is back on the road to gridlock,” said Bryan Mistele, INRIX president and CEO.  “With only 150,000 new jobs created in our nation’s urban centers last year, we can expect even worse gridlock when the 6 million jobs lost in the recession return to the nation’s cities.”