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View Poll Results: Which U.S. metropolitan region has the worst traffic and drivers?
Atlanta 9 7.83%
Dallas-Ft. Worth 3 2.61%
Houston 4 3.48%
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale 15 13.04%
Chicagoland 8 6.96%
Philadelphia 2 1.74%
NYC/Northern New Jersey/Long Island 8 6.96%
Los Angeles-Long Beach 26 22.61%
Boston 6 5.22%
Washington, D.C./North Virginia/MD 34 29.57%
Voters: 115. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-17-2008, 06:32 PM
 
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In and out of Manhattan has got to be the worst. Then it's between DC and LA.

According to the Texas A&M Traffic Institute: number one is LA. Then DC, SF, and Atlanta tied for second.

But that study is a little flawed because takes into account public transportation like rail, and also carpool lanes. DC is tops with public transportation and HOV lanes, otherwise DC could have been ranked with the worst traffic ahead of LA. But that is nothing to brag about. That's why NYC never makes their list because most people in NYC use public transportation or walk.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I've been in L.A. and I was just in NY, and I really have to go with NY, not because they drive bad, but because the congestion, and the flow, is so bad that it takes forever to get from Pt A to Pt B. In L.A. at least the traffic MOVES, probably from all those freeways. (I'm sure L.A. traffic can halt, too; we simply never found ourselves in it.)

I think San Francisco is worse than L.A., really.

But in NY I never saw anyone get hit, and I came back with the opinion that its drivers must have damn good reflexes behind the wheel.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Washington, DC is nightmarish. I'm a very dominant and aggressive driver, and even I don't dare text message for one second while battling the Beltway!
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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DC as a fact is the worst.. but i voted NYC/Northern Jersey/LI because i didnt see DC at first.
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Old 10-12-2008, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Houston
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even back in 1962 Houston traffic was a nightmare
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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They're all equally bad during rush hour. But only Boston is bad when it's not rush hour.
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:51 PM
 
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From my experiense, I voted L.A./Long Beach but I would also include Orange County, San Diego, and Tijuana as a single region, since they were all pretty bad. Orange County and North San Diego County has some of the worst traffic in the United States, even worse than L.A. as far as length of gridlock. I've been stuck from Oceanside all the way to the 5/805 split in Del Mar, which is about 20 miles. As far as bad drivers, the ones with the Baja plates are the worst, and they are also plenty on the San Diego freeways.
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:40 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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LEXINGTON, KY by far

I am not joking. There are only 600,000 people in the greater metro area, but this place is an absolute pain to drive in; much worse in my experience than Philadelphia, Atlanta, or Chicago. It takes 45 minutes+ to make the 10 mile drive from Nicholasville to Downtown in rush hour. Every road here is bumper to bumper from 6 am to 11 pm
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:13 PM
 
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Only one vote for Philly...this is ridiculous.
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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After living abroad for around 10 years, none.

US Drivers are downright saintly compared to places like Rome and Cairo.
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