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Old 05-06-2012, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Detroit
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According to this link. Top 10 Worst American Cities for Traffic – How to Freelance

10. Detroit, MI
9. San Diego, CA
8. San Jose, CA
7. Orlando, FL
6. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
5. San Francisco-Oakland, CA
4. Houston, TX
3. Atlanta, GA
2. Washington D.C.
1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

I thought they were missing NYC and Chicago but I guess that great Public Transportation is finally starting to pay off.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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My folks are from Chicago and lived there and now live in San Francisco and think that Chicago was FAR worse than SF....but I also know that they don't have to take the Bay Bridge every day and don't make it to the other side of the bay very often, so they may not have the best grasp of the true traffic in the SF region like they did in Chicago.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:53 AM
 
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I always wonder too if they're looking at EVERYONE who is commuting, or just the commute of people in cars who have to sit in that traffic? I know traffic in Chicagoland is really horrible, but then again everyone I know works downtown and I can't think of a one of them who would drive a car to work.

I would assume a bulk of the traffic issues are for people who work in the suburbs and actually deal with the traffic.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:41 AM
 
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According to this link. Top 10 Worst American Cities for Traffic – How to Freelance

10. Detroit, MI
9. San Diego, CA
8. San Jose, CA
7. Orlando, FL
6. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
5. San Francisco-Oakland, CA
4. Houston, TX
3. Atlanta, GA
2. Washington D.C.
1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

I thought they were missing NYC and Chicago but I guess that great Public Transportation is finally starting to pay off.
Wow... how did Seattle and Austin not make the list? Everytime I've been to Seattle, it's been straight-up gridlock through downtown at all hours of the day. Austin, too, is widely-known for its terrible driving conditions.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Atlanta by far is the worst to me. The thing is, there is very few alternate routes other than haveing to take peachtree rd, or I-75 to name a couple.

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Old 05-07-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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I live in Orlando and can honestly say that its really really tame and shouldn't be on this list. Ya the road is bad and the drivers suck but congestion wise it just doesn't compare to cities like Atlanta, Baltimore, Miami. An Orlando terrible day (ie: car accident on Interstate 4) is standard operating procedure in denser cities.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Detroit doesn't seem that bad to me. I-75, 696, and I-94 can get bad in spots, but relative to the whole metro and outside of rush hour, I can get around easy peasy. But then, I don't have to use the freeway everyday at rush hour so I wouldn't know.

There's definitely worse cities out there that I've driven through. Cincinnati is one that definitely comes to mind.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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Seattle should totally be on this list. Having lived in both the Bay Area and Seattle, the traffic in Seattle is worse.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:23 AM
 
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Where is Boston? And what about NYC, having the worst stretch of freeway in the nation, traffic wise (Cross Bronx Exp)?
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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This is the amount of time wasted in traffic, which probably correlates with traffic but isn't necessarily the same as worst traffic. If people tend to drive longer distances in one city than another, that city will fare worse in this ranking even if the amount of traffic clogging the interstates is virtually identical. In the sunbelt, people drive more, so those cities can be expected to do worse on the list.
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