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More car traffic in the West

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

Cities in the western part of North America see the most congestion from car traffic, according to the latest TomTom Congestion Index. The latest study, released earlier this month, measured traffic congestion from July through September 2012 in 57 metropolitan areas with populations of more than 950,000, using actual GPS data.

The top five metropolitan areas were all located in western North America, with Los Angeles ranking as the most congested. TomTom said that, on average, travel times in the city were 34 percent longer than when traffic was flowing freely and 76 percent longer during the evening rush hour, resulting in delays of 37 minutes on average. Those with longer commutes in congested cities are likely to see higher car insurance rates, since traffic congestion increases the likelihood of a car accident.

By comparison, the least congested city in the study, Oklahoma City, had an average congestion rate of 10 percent longer than when traffic was flowing freely and 28 percent longer during evening rush hour, resulting in delays of 15 minutes on average.

Rounding out the top 10 congested cities were, in order: Vancouver, British Columbia; San Francisco; Honolulu; Seattle; Toronto; New Orleans; San Jose, Calif.; Montreal; and Chicago.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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January 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm

how about tobaco road ha ha

January 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

for those of you that didn't notice or read the heading, it said "More car traffic in the West" DUUUUHHHH since when is NYC in the west? need to pay attention more often

January 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Manhatten Yes all of NYC i doubt it

awake and alive
January 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

UM..... HELLO?! Anyone ever hear of LOS ANGELES!!!!! :)

January 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Atlanta and NYC should be on that list no doubt

Noah Vail
January 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Call me crazy but Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto and Montreal are not in the United States of America. The topic I clicked on said "Worst traffic in the U.S. If I could, I would trade all of California for Tornto and Montreal. NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!

January 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I live in Atlanta, and I was surprised not to see it on the list, because the traffic is bad

January 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Not to see NYC is surprising. I do know the bad economy probably knocked Atlanta off the list. Nashville traffic seems to be ramped up

January 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I am also surprised not to see New York.

January 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm

No New York City?