Seattle has nation’s eighth-worst traffic, says Inrix

StaffPuget Sound Business Journal

Seattle’s traffic problems are the eighth-worst in the country, according to a new study by Kirkland-based traffic data company Inrix.

According to the sixth Inrix Traffic Scorecard Annual Report, Seattle drivers spend an average of 35 hours per year stuck in traffic, which is down 10 percent from last year and below the U.S. average of 42 hours stuck in traffic.

Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the U.S. Drivers there spend 59 hours per year stuck in traffic. L.A. is followed by Honolulu and San Francisco.

"In the first three months of this year, traffic congestion is up 4 percent compared to 2012. This suggests that after a tumultuous economic year in 2012, the economy is back on the mend, bringing increased traffic congestion," Inrix said in a statement.

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