New York's gridlock issues are getting worse, and a new study details just how widespread the congestion problem is. According to transportation analytics company INRIX, more traffic bottleneck points are scattered throughout the city and its surrounding suburbs than in any other metro area in the country.
On the bright side, New York's hot spots do not lead the way in the magnitude of adversity created by traffic. According to a measure from INRIX called "impact factor" that incorporates the frequency, size and duration of jams, Los Angeles drivers deal with the worst traffic conditions in the nation. The impact factor in the City of Angels is 42% greater than in No. 2 New York. When impact factor is evaluated on a per-capita basis, the metro area comes out looking even better: New York is ranked 17th, below Los Angeles, Atlanta and even Stamford, Conn.
But New York still has some of the country's worst locations for gridlock, including stretches across four local highways that rank among the country's 25 most miserable. That includes two Cross Bronx Expressway spots whose jams force vehicles to spend an average of 155 minutes traversing just 3.5 miles. Between the wasted fuel, lost time and damage incurred by carbon emissions, INRIX estimates that the pair of congested locations will impose a cost of $1.7 billion through 2026 if unaddressed. Overall, New York's thousands of traffic hot spots could lead to $63.9 billion in economic loss over the next 10 years.