Honolulu Now Trumps L.A. as Worst Traffic City

A new report shows Hawaiians waited longer in traffic in 2011 than L.A. residents.

We hope you're not planning a Memorial Day trip to Honolulu...

If so, expect to go from one traffic nightmare to another. A new study released by INRIX shows that Honolulu's traffic wait times are actually worse than those in the Los Angeles area. According to the study, Hawaii's capital city residents endured an average of 58 hours in traffic in 2011. Here in L.A., Angelenos wasted around 56 hours in traffic last year.

Here's the full list:

  1. Honolulu (58 hours) 
  2. Los Angeles (56 hours) 
  3. San Francisco (48 hours) 
  4. New York (57 hours)
  5. Bridgeport, CT (42 hours) 
  6. Washington, D.C. (45 hours)
  7. Seattle (33 hours) 
  8. Austin (30 hours) 
  9. Boston (35 hours)
  10. Chicago (36 hours)

One Patch user had this to say on Facebook: "I've been to Honolulu and it's bad. But nothing is as bad as the Sepulveda Pass area with all the construction going on."

Indeed, L.A. does have some of the worst traffic corridors, according to the study. The 405 Freeway NB from 105 Freeway NB/Imperial Highway to Getty Center Drive tops the list. 

What do you think? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Gary Kavanagh May 25, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I am almost never stuck in traffic (I don't drive & usually bike), except occasionally I'm on a bus delayed by traffic created by all the personal vehicle drivers. However I don't know that this report is necessarily all that great of news for Los Angeles, so I would put my answer in the "other" category that doesn't exist.
Barrett Meeker May 25, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I agree, I make 95% of my trips by motorcycle or bicycle. I would take the buses more if they had bus only lanes, as it is they just get stuck in the same traffic. I don't see why knowing other people have it worse can be seen as good news for us.


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