• Mar 25, 2011
Being stuck in traffic anywhere sucks. Even if it's just for a few minutes, feelings of urgency and anger sneak in quickly. Now, imagine being stuck in traffic multiple hours a day, five days a week. For some people, it's a way of life. To figure out who has the worst commute in the nation, the Daily Beast studied and quantified the Top 20 Worst Commutes in America.

Factors that went into the list included length of the traffic corridor, longest rush hour travel time along that stretch of road and the time it takes to drive a mile along that stretch during the highest-volume rush hour. They also calculated how much worse a stretch of road is during its worst rush-hour period versus normal driving. California's Delta Highway/CA-4 took that honor handily, taking 318 percent longer to travel during rush times.

The data was gathered from GPS and smartphone tracking of four million vehicles by a company called INRIX, which the Daily Beast compiled into the top 20 list. Now, without further ado, the top 20 worst commutes in the nation:

1. Riverside Freeway/Calif. Highway 91 eastbound, Los Angeles
2. Lunalilo Freeway/I-1 eastbound, Honolulu
3. California Delta Highway/Calif. Highway 4 westbound, San Francisco
4. I-95 southbound, Washington, D.C.
5. Bruckner/Cross Bronx Expressways (I-95 southbound), New York
6. I-35 southbound, Austin-Round Rock
7. Connecticut Turnpike (I-95 northbound), Bridgeport8. I-405 southbound, Seattle
9. Bayshore Freeway (U.S. 101 southbound), San Jose, Calif.
10. Kennedy/Dan Ryan Expressways (I-90/I-94 eastbound), Chicago
11. I-5 northbound, Portland, Ore.
12. Calif. Highway 78 eastbound, San Diego
13. I-494 eastbound, Minneapolis
14. Southwest/Eastex Freeways (U.S. 59 northbound), Houston
15. Southeast Expressway (I-93 northbound), Boston
16. Hampton Roads Beltway (I-64 westbound), Virginia Beach, Va.
17. Baltimore Beltway Inner Loop (I-695 eastbound), Baltimore
18. Schuylkill Expressway (I-76 westbound), Philadelphia
19. North Freeway (I-35W northbound), Dallas
20. Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101 northbound), Oxnard, Calif

[Source: The Daily Beast via Kicking Tires | Image: gohsuket – CC 2.0]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      I-35 through Denton County should have been widened years ago. If you look at all the projects the TX DOT have under construction you've got to wonder who in Denton pissed off the DOT.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Vouch for CA91 Eastbound at OC/IE border. It's ridiculous in the afternoon from 4:30p-6:30p. I get on the 91E at 241 tolls and exit at CA71, that's only 3.2 miles. That 3.2mi takes 30-40 min.

      All this and no accidents or construction, just sheer volume.

      Luckily I am moving in a few months, no more tolls and waiting in traffic.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can vouch for this one:
      3. California Delta Highway/Calif. Highway 4 westbound, San Francisco

      19 miles and usually takes 45-60 mins during rush hour
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Belt in NY ahhhhhhhh!!!
        JJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        If this were an accurate study it would have been right up there. Their normalization of the data based on how much worse it gets only during rush hour is dumb. The LI parkways are just as bad as any of these roads, but they ALWAYS have traffic
      • 3 Years Ago
      I certainly didn't expect to see my city to make the list - #16. But I live just a couple miles from work so I don't really have much of a commute at all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been through a bunch of LA area commutes, including one with an earthquake while I was going about 70 MPH on I-15(Scary as hell!), but nothing compares in my experience to the Chicago ones for pure hell. Last time I went West, I went around the whole thing, I just didn't want to spend the time going though town at 530PM. Going East, we always bypassed it after it taking almost 4 hours to get through town about 15 years ago. I regretted not being able to go to a favorite restaurant, but it was worth it not to go through the stress of that drive. I texted a friend about this article and he votes the 2. Lunalilo Freeway/I-1 eastbound, Honolulu entry as the worst he's ever been through, and he grew up in LA.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've driven 10 of those 20, and during rush hour. Ugh.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Kennedy Expressway (I-90/-94) going inbound into Chicago is complete gridlock between 7 AM and 7 PM every single day. Stupid city planners made 2 major interstates merge for several miles and expected traffic to actually move.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Try going outbound--it's actually worse. My commute led me from the entrance around Ogden to the split to 94, then 94 up to where it finally clears off near 41. Torture. But when I would occasionally drive my wife to Schaumburg early, then drive back home (days off), it was always nicer heading in.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ummm I-35W is not in Dallas, it's in Fort Worth. I-35E is Dallas.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess the people in Clt, stateville NC don't have any thing to bitch about(:
      • 3 Years Ago
      Huh? #13 is out of place. It *can* get bad at times, but more often than not, it is just fine (during commute times).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Though you make a good point--inbound is messy all day, and even through the weekends. Outbound is just a s--tshow during rush hours.
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