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How Bad is Our Commute? The Worst in the Country.

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jan 21, 2011 2:00PM

A new study released by the Texas Transportation Institute on traffic congestion showed that Chicago has the worst commute in the country. The numbers they used to measure Chicago and other cities across the nation were from 2009, but they still tell a pretty damning story about how much time drivers spend on the expressways braking and starting and braking and starting and cursing and braking and starting.

The data collated by the TTI indicates that, in addition to the time commuters spend time in their cars in free-flowing traffic, they spent an additional 70 hours behind the wheel due to congestion in 2009, up significantly from 64 hours in 2008. The Chicago report can be read here in PDF format. If you're in your car looking at the site on your mobile, chances are you can read the report if you're stuck in a crawl.