Sitting in traffic can eat away at both your time and sanity. Although urban centers are doing what they can to alleviate the problem, it won’t go away anytime soon. The U.S. population is expected to swell from about 330 million people today to at least 438 million people by the year 2050. Many of these people will move to our fastest growing cities, and we may be in for trouble if we haven’t fixed the problem by then. Here are the top five cities with the worst traffic jams.
San Jose, CA Traffic Jams
San Jose has a congestion score of 32 percent, up from 30 percent in 2016. The score means that an average trip to or from anywhere in San Jose took an unfortunate 32 percent greater travel time than the average city based on a congestion score index that navigation company TomTom compiled for nine years prior to 2017.
Seattle, WA Traffic Jams
Seattle came in with a score of 34 percent, up from 31 percent in 2016. Seattle wants to implement a game-changing, innovative approach to the problem: smart traffic lights that adapt to congestion paradigms that evolve throughout the day. If a big football game is just ending, for example, you might expect to see more green lights on the way out.
New York, NY Traffic Jams
It’s probably not a huge surprise that the biggest city in the United States is high on the list for untenable congestion. New York has a score of 35 percent, up from 33 percent in 2016. Leave it to NYC to come up with a solution that places more of a burden on the people who need to get from point A to point B: more tolls. The idea aims to reduce the vehicles on certain streets at certain times while funneling the money to public transportation programs. Good luck, New York.
San Francisco, CA Traffic Jams
San Francisco comes in second place with a score of 39 percent, up from 36 percent in 2016. San Francisco is also just a fifty minute commute to San Jose, the city with the fifth worst congestion index. The good news is that the Bay area might be getting a transportation update thanks to Silicon Valley. The plan envisions new trains with 24 hour service, ferries and autonomous buses along the same highway routes–providing more options than just the slow-going automobile.
Los Angeles, CA Traffic Jams
The city with the worst traffic is none other than Los Angeles. The city scores a whopping 45 percent, up from 41 percent the year prior. SpaceX and Tesla head Elon Musk is taking the city to task, though. He wants to bore tunnels underneath the city to create massive networks that can actually deliver your vehicle underground, speed it closer to your destination, and replace it back aboveground. We’ll see if this one pans out in, oh, let’s say a decade or two.