Study puts Pittsburgh's traffic in middle of the pack
Pittsburgh's traffic ranks 27th-worst in the nation, according to a study released Wednesday that examined traffic in 53 metro areas with a population of more than 800,000.
The TomTom Traffic Index from the Dutch company that sells navigation devices puts Pittsburgh in the middle of the nation's worst commutes. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu finished in the top three, respectively, for the worst traffic.
Key Pittsburgh highlights from the study include:
• The average driver experienced a 20-minute delay per hour during peak times.
• The best weekly commute times were Friday mornings and Monday evenings.
• The worst weekly commute times were Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings.
• Jan. 25, 2013, was the most congested day that year.
• A driver with a 30-minute commute experiences 57 hours of delay in a year.
The study compared travel times in non-congested hours with peak travel times. The study found that the common traffic shortcuts drivers take to avoid congestion are actually adding 50 percent more time to their trips.
Kansas City and Indianapolis were the least-congested cities in the study.
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