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Houston in Top 10 of Most Congested Cities

In Enviornment, Global Warming, Houston, Local News on September 19, 2007 at 2:49 pm

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DUH! After all, Houston is one of the largest cities in America.

A new report from the Texas Transportation Institute gives the following:

Most Congested

Metro Area 2005 1995
Los Angeles 72 71
Atlanta, Ga. 60 70
San Francisco-Oakland 60 56
Washington, D.C. 60 53
Dallas-Fort Worth 58 34
San Diego 57 35
Houston 56 32
Detroit 54 51
Orlando, Fla. 54 54
San Jose, Calif. 54 51

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Least Congested

Metro Area 2005 1995
Brownsville, Texas 8 4
Spokane, Wash. 8 10
Akron, Ohio 10 9
Anchorage, Alaska 10 9
Corpus Christi, Texas 10 7
Rochester, N.Y. 10 7
Beaumont, Texas 11 6
Buffalo, N.Y. 11 6
Springfield, Mass. 11 10
Laredo, Texas 12 7

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Commuters spend on average 56 hours a year in traffic jams. That’s it? My commute to class averages 45 minutes – one way, 5 days a week. Sometime that goes up to an hour or even an hour and a half. I’ve actually been stuck on I-45 South for two and half hours – on an exam day! Hmmm….guess I’m above average. 😉

For the story about Houston Traffic Getting Worse, read here.

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