Study: San Antonio Traffic is Bad, and Getting Worse

This will come as no surprise to most of us, but San Antonio traffic congestion is getting worse, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The annual study by the traffic organization INRIX reports that the average San Antonio motorist loses sixty hours per week stuck in traffic, that's the equivalent of one and a half weeks of work.

When you figure in simply lost productivity, exclusing gas and wear and tear on your car, the cost of traffic congestion in San Antonio today is $832 per driver per year, that's up 5% from 2017.

And, no matter what the speed limit sign says, INRIX says when you are driving in 'inner city San Antonio,' whcih is defined as on freeways inside Loop 410, during rush hour, you are moving at an average of 14 miles an hour.

San Antonio's traffic congestion is not nearly as bad as other major Texas cities. INRIX ranks San Antonio's traffic situation as the 163rd worst among world cities, that is down from 154th last year. But El Paso (162), Dallas (122) Austin (84) and Houston (77) all rank worse than we do.

INRIX did not measure traffic congestion in inter-city roads like I-35.

The worst traffic in the United States is in Boston, according to INRIX, where the average commuter spends 164 hours a week stuck in traffic. Other bad U.S. cities for traffic are Washingotn DC and Chicago.

But the U.S. pales when it comes to traffic across the world. In Moscow, for example, the city with the worst traffic congestion in the world, the average commuter loses 210 hours a year stuck in traffic. Other world cities with horrible traffic include Istanbul (2), Bogata (3), and, absolutely no surprise to anybody who has driven there, Mexico City, fourth worst in the world,

Of the 220 cities studied by INRIX, the least bad traffic in the U.S. is in Wichita and Tulsa.

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