Study: Commuters driving into Austin face worst traffic in U.S.

Rush hour traffic filters through downtown Austin along I-35 looking towards the Riverside overpass and showing the Lady Bird Lake bridges Thursday morning July 16, 2015.  RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Rush hour traffic filters through downtown Austin along I-35 looking towards the Riverside overpass and showing the Lady Bird Lake bridges Thursday morning July 16, 2015.
RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

If you are sitting in your car, doing zero miles an hour on Interstate 35, and you are thinking that this is the Worst. Traffic. Anywhere. … You could be right.

A new study by transportation analytics firm INRIX says that “commuters getting into Austin spent more time stuck in traffic than anyone else.” The study says highways in and out of Austin have a congestion rate of 28 percent.

Overall, Austin landed at 13th in the United States (42nd in the world) on the INRIX 2016 Traffic Scorecard Report. That’s worse than San Antonio (32nd in the U.S.), but not as bad as Dallas (7th in the U.S.).  Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco took the top 3 spots on the list, respectively.

Austin did make the Top 10, however, when it came to most congested roads. Southbound Interstate 35 (you guessed it) between Airport Boulevard and Slaughter Lane came in at No. 6, nestled between L.A. freeway I-10 eastbound and NYC’s 5th Avenue southbound.

RELATED: See the American-Statesman traffic map


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