D.C. traffic congestion is worst in U.S., say Texas wonks
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You'd think that Los Angeles, that car-centric metropolis of smog, would have the worst traffic congestion in the United States. But no, it's us.
The D.C. area is the most congested region in the nation, according to the 2011 Urban Mobility Report by the Texas Transit Institute. A D.C.-area commuter suffers 74 hours of delay per year — three hours more than second-place Chicago and ten hours more than third-place Los Angeles.
But while you're waiting in traffic, enjoying the second-longest commute in the nation, take one of your many moments to contemplate that all the congestion is really just economic success in disguise!
“The reason we have more congestion is that the Washington region has a very strong economy. I go to other parts of the state and they say they have no transportation problems,” Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton told the Post.
So before any of you start complaining about the foul air here, remember that what you're smelling — and what's giving asthmatics coughing fits — is progress.
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