“Whether we’re in first place or sixth place, we will have some of the worst congestion in the nation,” says AAA Mid-Atlantic’s John Townsend.
And that traffic isn’t limited to interstates 270, 66, 95 or the Capital Beltway.
“Most areas of the country only have two rush hours, we even have a rush hour at noon when people try to go out for lunch,” says Townsend.
The top 10 list did see some change form last year. Take a look at the list:
Los Angeles: Traffic is the highest it’s been in six years.
San Francisco: Moved up from third place
Honolulu: Moved down from second place
Seattle: Held steady
San Jose: Held steady
Washington, D.C.: Held steady
New York: Moved up from No. 11
Portland: Moved up from No. 12
Boston: Moved up from No. 21
WTOP’s Director of Traffic Operations Jim Battagliese says he was surprised by the list.
“The fact that D.C. is No. 6 is way off. I’ve done traffic in the top 20 markets across the country. L.A. is, by far, the worst, followed by Chicago and then D.C.,” says Battagliese. “I don’t think I’d put Portland in the top 20.”