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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Study: San Francisco Traffic Is Almost As Bad As Los Angeles

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Bottleneck hotspot - COOLCAESAR

Even if a Muni bus does show up tonight, you won't be getting to your destination anytime soon.

A new study has confirmed what we already know: San Francisco traffic is horrific. According to TomTom, a company that designs GPS navigation and mapping products, local drivers sat in traffic on average of 83 hours this past year.

In its fourth annual traffic index report, TomTom listed the U.S. cities with the worst traffic congestion -- and San Francisco came in second, just behind Los Angeles.

The study concluded that San Francisco's average congestion level has increased over the last year up to 32 percent in 2013. Los Angeles had a congestion rate of 36 percent, and Honolulu was ranked the third worst city for traffic jams, with a congestion rate of 29 percent.

To put that into context, researchers said San Franciscans experienced, on average, 34-minute delays per hour at peak congestion times. The traffic appeared to be the absolute worst on Thursday evenings.

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John Goodwin, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, put a positive spin on all the traffic, saying it's proof the local economy is on the upswing. "More people are at work," Goodwin told us."We've got a stronger regional economy, we've got more goods moving across the Bay and in the region."

The most congested day of the year in San Francisco was Nov. 22, 2013 when that massive windstorm swept across the region, knocking down power lines and trees. Traffic conditions slowed, as more than 4,400 utility customers were without power that day and two men died.

That terrible traffic day beat out the unforgettable congestion that covered San Francisco when President Barack Obama visited San Francisco three days later.

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