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Old 01-11-2017, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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I think the problem here is the thought that it can take up to an hour. Yes, that would be annoying, but it can happen anywhere because of accidents or events. The worst thing is the typical jam that is bad almost daily. You can get an idea of it using google maps with the traffic filter, switch from live traffic to typical and you can filter for a day or week and time. I've never been to Wisconsin, so i can't say from experience, but from the google info the typcial traffic doesn't look all that unusual at rush hour.
I'm sure it could happen "anywhere because of accidents or events." In Madison it happens every workday because of geography.
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Old 01-11-2017, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Portland, Oregon is very congested. The previous mayor was a big fan of trimming road size in the hopes that commuters would decide to shop in Portland during their longer drive to the suburbs.
I can't believe it took 29 posts to get to Portland.
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Old 01-11-2017, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Hampton frickin Roads.
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Norfolk is pretty bad. Especially when trying to cross the bay towards Williamsburg.

Hartford is also surprisingly bad. A lot of highways converge on downtown which has a very dense employment concentration for the size of the metro.
Definitely Hampton Roads (particularly Norfolk). The region suffers from a similar effect to the SF Bay Area in that you have a big population separated by a lot of water with only a few connecting points. The result is a lot of bottlenecks, and heavy traffic.

Hartford is bad at times. But for me, Providence is the second worst city in New England for traffic. I lived in Providence for a while and it's still one of my least favorite North American cities to drive in- especially on surface roads- due to the traffic. I'm more comfortable in Boston, New York, Washington, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago, Montreal, or any other major city (aside from Maybe LA- that's my least favorite for driving) than I am in Providence. It's such a small city and it's not home to a particularly booming economy, but that stretch of 95 through downtown with three major highway interchanges (195, 146, and 6/10) is always a mess. The highways connecting to that stretch are always a mess. The surface roads in/out of the city center are a pain during daylight hours. For its size, Providence gets my vote for the worst. Norfolk/Hampton Roads is up there too.
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Old 01-11-2017, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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The title is pretty self-explanatory. Everyone knows cities like LA or Atlanta have terrible traffic. What are some cities with bad traffic and congestion issues that don't really get talked about?
For a relatively small area Santa Cruz county is now a nightmare re; traffic as we become more and more of a bedroom community of Silicon Valley.
Heavy traffic on major roads (hwy 1 and 17) now begins by 2:30 p.m. and by 7 a.m. (and even earlier) it starts to get gnarly. And side streets all over the county are now heavily traveled by people trying to avoid 1 and 17. They're just commuting through neighborhoods and could care less about the impact.

Those Silicon Valley idiots spend up to 4 hours (sometimes more) in their darn cars just so that they can have it all. It's not enough that they are privileged enough to work and live in Silicon Valley (not that i'd want to - it's one of the hell realms as far as i'm concerned) but they gotta have the best. So they're swarming here like ticks in the redwoods. And they have basically ruined this county with traffic and their agro / competitive / bmw, tesla, et al driven ways. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Sorry for my little rant.
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Old 01-11-2017, 12:59 PM
 
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I'm sure it could happen "anywhere because of accidents or events." In Madison it happens every workday because of geography.
Unless google traffic's data is wrong, it doesn't look much different than most other similar cities during rush hours, using the typical traffic setting to view it.
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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Unless google traffic's data is wrong, it doesn't look much different than most other similar cities during rush hours, using the typical traffic setting to view it.
Try driving from the AmFam offices to West Towne Mall some day. At 3am with no traffic it takes almost half an hour, and that's taking expressways the entire way. During rush hour, all bets are off.
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati (Pleasant Ridge)
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Lexington, KY.

No real interstate which means the whole city is nothing but stop lights.
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Unless google traffic's data is wrong, it doesn't look much different than most other similar cities during rush hours, using the typical traffic setting to view it.
Not only are there geological constraints that create several choke points and limited parallel routes, but there is a LOT of interstate traffic going back and forth from MSP and Chicago, and points beyond. This is a total guess but I'd say that at least 50% of the traffic on I-39/90/94 (all merge onto one road here) is from another state. I realize this interstate rings around Madison -- not through it -- but there is still a heavy volume of traffic every single time I drive through the area, no matter the time of day (and weekends can be worse due to cabin/Dells traffic).

I'm looking forward to seeing what WI-DOT will do with this roadway, particularly between Madison and the IL border.
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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According to this, here are the top ten.

And the city with the worst traffic in the U.S. is...
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:27 PM
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I've heard Atlanta is horrible, but no personal experience there.
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