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Seattle Among Worst Traffic Cities In North America

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(CBS Seattle) — The good news is traffic in Seattle isn’t getting worse. The bad news is, it’s not getting better either. That’s according to the latest traffic congestion report from GPS maker TomTom.

Seattle held steady at number five for data collected during the second quarter of this year. That’s the same spot it held earlier this year in TomTom’s study. Keeping Seattle company in the top five are Vancouver, B.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu. For the first time, Los Angeles didn’t have the worst traffic; that honor went to Vancouver this year.

When statistics from South America are added in, Seattle drops a couple spots to number 7; Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo Brazil take over the top two spots.

TomTom calculates the rankings using information on travel times during rush hour and off-peak hours. Seattle drivers with an average 30 minute commute waste about 89 hours every year stuck in traffic. According to TomTom’s data, the worst delays are on Thursdays and the most congested day of the year so far was June 20.

Portland came in at number 11 in the ranking of North American cities.

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