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L.A. does not have worst traffic congestion

Click for photos of the top 10 worst U.S. traffic cities

Think Los Angeles has the worst traffic congestion of any city in the United States? Not so.

Honolulu, where drivers wasted an average of 58 hours in traffic last year, earned top honors for 2011, according to an annual score card released this week by the traffic information research group Inrix Inc.

Los Angeles was not far behind, though -- in second place. Drivers in L.A. waste an average of 56 hours each year in traffic, according to the study. San Francisco was third, according to the group's analysis, and New York City fourth.

PHOTOS: Top 10 worst U.S. traffic cities

L.A. did, however, earn top honors for worst traffic corridor: The 13-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway from the 105 Freeway to Getty Center Drive.

Overall, the research group said there was a 30% decline in traffic congestion in 2011, a measure they mostly attribute to the poor economy and high gas prices.

Just don’t tell that to anyone stuck in traffic on the 10 Freeway.

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Photo: Cars traveling north and southbound on the 405 freeway pass underneath the Mulholland Bridge in 2011. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

 
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