The yearly rankings by INRIX found that Boston area drivers lost an average of 164 hours each year sitting in traffic. That’s almost seven full days.
How does that measure up to other major cities? In Washington D.C. drivers lose about 155 hours a year; 138 hours in Chicago and Seattle; New Yorkers waste 133 hours in traffic each year; and 128 hours in Los Angeles, which is famous for its traffic backups.
“There’s no doubt that congestion is an issue right here in Boston,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote in response to the ranking. “Our road network is one of the oldest and densest in the country, we’re one of the only cities with a major international airport right by downtown, both our economy and population have been growing at a steady clip — and now rideshare companies and delivery-on-demand services have added a whole new layer of vehicles.”
Walsh said the traffic trouble stretches beyond the city, and is a regional issue. “We need a more comprehensive and reliable regional public transit system — as well as transit-oriented housing in the suburbs — to give more commuters a viable alternative to driving.”