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San Francisco Is 8th Worst For Traffic Congestion In US: Study

Jenna Lane
February 14, 2019 - 12:27 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco drivers spent an average of 116 hours in traffic congestion last year, according to the latest numbers from the traffic data analysis firm Inrix.

That puts it in the top ten of worst cities in the United States for traffic congestion. While the data show a modest improvement from seventh to eighth worst in the country, some drivers aren't convinced that anything has gotten better. 

Gary Grant used to drive about 60,000 miles a year for his old job in insurance. He logs fewer miles now as a chauffeur for corporate clients going to and from the San Francisco International Airport in a Cadillac Escalade and sees no sign of improvement. 

“The quality is still declining,” he said.

All that extra time sitting there is costing drivers an average of $1,624 per person per year.

The Inrix report rates San Francisco as the 65th most congested city in the world.

The top spot stateside goes to Boston, while the global leader in bad commutes goes to Russia’s capital, Moscow.

A separate recent report had recently named Walnut Creek as the hardest working city in America, largely due to the amount of time workers endure traveling to and from their jobs. 

One former Bay Area taxi driver says he quit the job when ride-hailing app drivers started clogging the roads.

“The skill level and the courtesy level on the road is probably not improving,” he said.  

Most regular Bay Area drivers may notice that rush hour traffic can happen virtually anytime.

“I don’t think it’s gotten better out here in the Bay Area at all,” said one commuter from Fairfield. “There’s traffic throughout the day now, whereas 15 years ago there would be traffic in the morning and then traffic after work in the evening. And that was it.”

Written by Brian Krans.