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Posted: 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014

10 worst cities for traffic

The return of traffic means the economy is getting better

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By Clark Howard

Traffic is getting worse, but does your city rank in the Top 10?

There are new stats from 24/7 Wall St./Inrix, the latter a leading-provider of traffic information, that lists the worst cities for traffic. The list is tallied based on morning and evening rush hour numbers:

10. San Jose (Silicon Valley)
9. Seattle
8. Boston
7. Washington D.C.
6. Austin
5. Bridgeport
4. New York
3. San Francisco
2. Honolulu
1. Los Angeles

Meanwhile, a new Gridlock Index from Inrix confirms that tie-ups, congestion, and everything else you love to hate on the road are on the rise. The numbers used to crunch the index were collected from Internet-connected GPS devices in 100 metro areas.

"While more people hitting the road might be awful for drivers, it’s also a sign that more jobs and more orders are being filled –- great news for the economy," the company noted.

By comparison, over in Italy and Spain, where economics woes continue unabated, traffic delays almost a thing of the past -- at least for now.

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