A new report released by INRIX, the leading provider of real-time traffic information for many popular GPS devices, found Dallas to be the 5th most congested market in the country. According to the INRIX National Traffic Scorecard, traffic congestion across the U.S. increased nearly 2% in 2007 over 2006 and there appears to be no relief in sight in 2008.

They do concede that higher fuel prices and the economy are affecting the rate of growth. With many drivers paying over $4 a gallon at the pump and roads clogged with traffic congestion averaging 60 hours a week across the nation’s 100 worst bottlenecks, traffic continues to have a major impact on consumers, businesses and the American economy.

The INRIX National Traffic Scorecard is the first to measure the nation’s traffic congestion problem by going beyond the traditional limitations of road sensors and statistical sampling techniques to evaluate real-time traffic on almost every major metropolitan roadway nationwide.  The scorecard takes a micro look at traffic problems all across the country – zooming in on the total hours spent in traffic, worst day of the week for commuting and average speeds for the top 100 cities in the U.S

Further analysis by INRIX showed that Northbound on the Loop 820 at HWY 26/GRAPEVINE HWY/EXIT 22, as the worst bottleneck for the city.

The Top 10 Congested Cities:

  1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
  2. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
  3. Chicago-Naperville, IL
  4. Washington DC, Arlington, VA
  5. Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, TX
  6. San Francisco, Oakland, Freemont, CA
  7. Houston, TX
  8. Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, MA
  9. Seattle, WA
  10. Atlanta, GA

INRIX Nationwide Traffic Scorecard “Factoids”

  • Worst Traffic Day: Friday
  • Worst commute: Friday PM
  • Worst commuting hour: Friday 5-6 PM
  • Worst morning: Wed AM
  • Best week day for traffic: Monday
  • Best week day commute: Friday AM
  • Best week day hour: Friday 6-7 AM
  • Best week day afternoon: Monday PM

Further info: Drivers can access more information at http://scorecard.inrix.com

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