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Boston ranks among the top 10 most congested urban areas in the country

According to the INRIX annual Global Traffic Scorecard for 2017.

Traffic merging from South Bay crawls onto 93 South.

Sick of sitting in Boston traffic? You’re not alone.

In 2017, Boston ranked as the No. 7 most congested urban area in the U.S., rising from No. 8 in 2016, according to the annual report run by INRIX, a company specializing in transportation analytics.

The INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard “analyzes and ranks the impact of traffic congestion in 1,360 cities across 38 countries worldwide” by collecting traffic data from 300 million connected cars and devices, according to the company.

Boston drivers spent an average of 60 hours in traffic during peak periods, a 3 percent increase over 2016, according to the scorecard. On average, drivers spent 14 percent of their commute in traffic, estimating a total cost of $2,086 per driver in wasted time and fuel and other factors. 


Apart from generalized costs and areas, Boston is also home to the 10th most congested U.S. road: I-93 Southbound. From exit 20B to Exit 8, the worst peak period happens after noon with 55 hours of delay.

Los Angeles topped the charts, nationally and globally, at an average of 102 hours in traffic, with New York City coming up at a close second with 91 hours.

Read the full INRIX report here.