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Study says L.A. area traffic no longer the worst in the nation. Do you agree?

January 21, 2011 |  9:04 am

Talk back LAA new study of traffic in major cities says Los Angeles isn't king of congestion, reporter Dan Weikel notes in Friday's paper.

The annual Urban Mobility Report from the Texas Transportation Institute says Chicago and Washington, D.C., surpass the Los Angeles area in the amount of time that individual motorists were stuck in traffic during peak travel periods.

To the unscientific observer –- those of us sitting in traffic on the 10, 101, 405, 5 and just about any other freeway –- it sure seems like we spend an awful lot of time staring at brake lights.

Researchers found that the typical motorist in Chicago and D.C. experienced 70 hours of annual delays on average, compared with 63 hours wasted in the Los Angeles area. Any D.C. or Chicago natives want to weigh in? And for the locals, is traffic improving in L.A.? Do you agree with the survey? Give us your thoughts below.

-- Kimi Yoshino

Photo: Traffic jams on the 405 Freeway are a familiar sight. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times