Chicago Ranked Worst In Nation For Traffic Jams

Study Has Chicago Tied With Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago has been named the worst in the nation when it comes to traffic congestion.

Gridlock is growing on major roads almost every hour of the day, according to the Urban Mobility report, which was issued by the Texas Transportation Institute on Thursday.

Beyond the time it normally takes to travel without delays, commuters in Chicago sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic an additional 70 hours a year.

The national average for traffic delays was 34 hours, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Chicago is not alone in the top spot on the list. The city is tied with Washington, D.C.

The reason traffic has worsened may be because the improving economy has brought more cars on the road.

This was not of much reassurance to CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl.

“You’re supposed to entertain yourself with the fact that you’re sitting spending about, oh, an average of 70 hours a year extra and traffic trying to get to and from as you get into and out of Chicago, you can be happy that the economy is growing to the point where you’re going to make just enough money to cover the gas that you’re going to be spending burning it up on the roads around here,” Habermehl said Thursday morning.

In past years, Chicago has ranked second or third on the list, the Tribune reported.

  • MadSam

    For all of us born,raised & still residing in the Windy City…THIS IS AN HONOR!!
    What type of trophy is awarded in this instance…if any?? Citizens know when and when not to get on the roadways, alternate routes, short cuts, we do what-ever it takes to NOT MAKE THIS A BIG DEAL!! Thanks for the heads up, LOL!!!

  • donlos

    thats great to know more traffic, gas goes up and more taxes in chicago. they really know how to stick it to you. time to take a stand over all this bull sh it . time to rage against the machine. tiime for the people to take over. f u ck these politicians in chicago all they do is lie. who do i trust me thats who, who put this sh it together me thats who.

    • Jim

      We need a strong politican leader to drive change, but unfortunately they are all crooked!

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  • m

    Illinois will NEVER fix the traffic problem as our gas taxes are a percentage of the total price, not a fixed value like most states. For example other states charge $0.30 regardless of the price of gas while Illinois would be something like $0.20 for $1/gallon, $0.40 for $2/gallon, so on and so forth (not sure of our exact numbers). Where is the incentive to fix a problem that benefits the state?

  • Laura

    TOO BAD you all voted Quinn in.Anyone else would have torn IDOT to shreds. IDOT is to blame for this — they embezzle millions of federal and state monies through fake union workers and bogus outside contracts. Quinn won’t touch them because he doesn’t want to lose their vote or end up on the bottom of Lake Michigan. If you all vote Emanuel in, the problems will quadruple (look what Obama did!)!

    • Thnx!!

      EXACTLY!!! Remember the only thing missing from IDOT is the other ” I ” !!!!!!!! IDIOT !!!

  • FR

    Create jobs and save gas by timing the traffic lights better. Also, have battery backup on the traffic lights so they keep working if the power goes out.

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