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Chicagoland drivers have some of the worst commutes in the country

Traffic headaches increase across the country, says Texas A&M study
  • Chicagoans have a nationally ranked longer commute and some of the worst individual road delays.
  • On the top 20 road segments for congestion, Los Angeles took the top three spots, but three spots on the Dan Ryan and Kennedy Expressways ranked as well.
  • Travel delays due to traffic congestion caused drivers to waste more than 3 billion gallons of fuel and kept travelers stuck in their cars for nearly 7 billion extra hours – 42 hours per rush-hour commuter.

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If you live in the Chicago area and commute to work, you’re not imagining that you have a longer drive. Chicagoans have a nationally ranked longer commute, in fact. And, some of the worst individual road delays in the country. According to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard, compiled by traffic information technology company INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Chicago-area commuters stand at eighth place on the top ten list of the most hours wasted in traffic each year. Think the slide in gas prices is at least easing that pain? Not so much. The report quantifies that, even though the price of gas has gradually descended in the past few years, we’re burning up any savings during traffic congestion. Overall, Washington, D.C., has the worst roads, with the average commuter spending 82 hours per year stuck in traffic. Los Angeles, with 80 hours, and San Francisco, with 78 hours, round out the top three. On the top 20 road segments for congestion, L...