By Mary Boone
Flip through the radio stations, bite your nails, sip your coffee – most Seattleites have a myriad of tricks to waste time in the car. That’s because they know traffic probably won’t be going anywhere very fast.
A recent survey by Traffic data provider INRIX looked at a wide range of traffic information and released its list of the nation’s 10 Worst Traffic Cities, based on the number of hours drivers spend idling in their cars. Seattle and its impressively jammed-up I-5 corridor ranked No. 7.
According to the survey, the Seattle metro area endures some of the country’s worst traffic, with drivers spending an average of 33 hours every year idling in their cars.
Honolulu, with its gorgeous vistas and balmy weather, ranks No. 1 among worst traffic cities. Commuters on the island of Oahu spend an average of 58 hours stuck in traffic each year. Los Angeles and San Francisco are runners up for the dubious honor, with annual idle times of 56 and 48 hours respectively.
INRIX, a Kirkland-based company devoted to traffic information and apps, gathered its data from approximately 100 million GPS-equipped commercial and passenger vehicles, traveling on 300,000 miles of roads in and around the nation’s 100 most populated cities. According to the study, drivers in the country’s 10 worst traffic cities sit idle more than 40 hours a year, on average.
Honolulu and Bridgeport Conn., are the only cities on the list with populations under 500,000. Honolulu is home to 374,658, while Bridgeport, with the fifth worst traffic in the country, has a population of 145,638.
The nation’s three largest cities, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, also earned spots on the list at No. 4, No., 2 and No. 10 respectively.