Well, if it seemed like traffic has been getting worse for you, you're right! Chicago rose from 5th worst traffic in the nation to 3rd between 2017 and 2018 according to a report released by INRIX, a specialist in mobility analytics.
The average Chicago driver loses 138 hours every year due to traffic and is now considered worse than New York City or Los Angeles!
Here's the top 5 cities and hours lost due to traffic:
Boston: 164 hoursWashington D.C.: 155Chicago: 138New York City: 133Los Angeles: 128Seattle: 138Pittsburgh: 127San Francisco: 116Philadelphia: 112Portland, OR: 116See the full world-wide list here.
The report looked at severity of congestion, with a focus on last-mile speed and travel time, which is how long it takes to make the final mile to a destination during rush hour.
Experts say the reason for the congestion is more cars on the road due to low gas prices, stronger economy and ride share vehicles like Uber and Lyft.