LA has it all—beaches, beautiful people, and oh yeah, a ton of traffic. It’s by far the biggest complaint about the City of Angels, and it tends to bring out the devil in everyone. Grab ahold of that stress ball and sit tight, we’ve got a road rager’s guide to navigating the labyrinth known as Los Angeles.
According to the latest Urban Mobility Scorecard provided by Inrix, Angelenos spend 82 hours per year stuck in traffic, which translates to over $1,700 annually in excess fuel consumption and wasted time. What’s more startling is that it’s only getting worse. In 2013, LA residents spent an average of 64 hours in traffic. The silver lining (if there is one) is that we’re no longer the worst in the nation. The congestion crown has been relinquished to the DC area, but we’re bound to back in the driver’s seat.
It should come as no surprise that LA also dominates the list of America’s worst traffic corridors. In fact, six of the top 1o belong to Los Angeles County. Here are the top 3:
- #1: 101 South — between Topanga Canyon Blvd and Vignes St (Worst delay 58 minutes!)
- #2: 101 North — between Soto St and Haskell Ave
- #3: 10 East — between 20th St and Alameda St
Here are the top 50 worst times and places to drive through Los Angeles. The most congested area is between Woodland Hills and DTLA. The 26-mile journey from Topanga Canyon Blvd to Vignes St on Wednesday morning takes nearly an hour. In some cases, taking surface streets can help, but not if you’re traveling a great distance. According to the numbers, Wednesday is clearly the worst day of the week to drive. Sunday and Monday are the most mellow.
When’s your least favorite time to drive in LA? And don’t say “always,” even though we’re all thinking it.
[Featured Image: Nathan via Flickr]