Global study: Kansas City commuters spend 18 hours per year stuck in traffic

Kara Marxer
February 07, 2018 - 7:22 am

A new report ranks Kansas City traffic congestion 82nd among the nation's metropolitan areas.

The INRIX survey found that area drivers spend about 18 hours in rush hour traffic every year. INRIX is a company that specializes in connected car services and transportation analytics, with a goal of solving transportation problems.

There are some hot spots where the traffic seems to back up all the time, like the Grandview Triangle, Interstate 35 at the US-69 split in Johnson County and the Interstate 70 run between I-470 and the Truman Sports Complex, said Ron Achelpohl, head of transportation for the Mid-America Regional Council. 

"There are a number of proposed improvements that are either planned or underway in some of those locations," Achelpohl said.

Funding for those infrastructure improvements is not necessarily in place. The good news, Achelpohl said, Kansas City drivers spend less time sitting in traffic than some other cities of similar size.

Los Angeles has the most congested traffic in the world, where drivers spend 102 hours, or four full days, in traffic each year. The remaining cities in the top five are Moscow and New York (tied at 91 hours), Sao Paulo (86 hours) and San Francisco (79 hours).

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