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Beep, beep! Phoenix ranks among worst cities in nation for traffic

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PHOENIX — If you think the traffic in Phoenix is bad, your thoughts have been validated: Phoenix ranked among the top 25 cities for worst traffic hotspots in the country, according to a new report.

Phoenix came in as the 15th-highest city in the nation for traffic congestion, the transportation analytics company INRIX found.

The city ranked in this spot because it had nearly 3,500 traffic hotspots, or areas of congestion in the city.

Along with the number of hotspots, the company calculated Phoenix’s “impact factor,” which is based on the duration, length and frequency of traffic jams. The city’s impact factor was 1,220,561.

According to the report, traffic congestion will cost Phoenix officials $9.5 billion by 2026.

The report also identified the westbound Interstate 10 between exit 138, which is 59th Avenue, to exit 151, which is at 32nd Street near downtown Phoenix.

The cities with the worst traffic congestion went to an easy winner: Los Angeles. L.A. had more than 10,000 traffic hotspots, with an impact factor of more than 11 million.

In second place came New York City, followed by Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Miami and Boston.

According to the report, the traffic congestion in New York will cost taxpayers $64 billion by 2026, while Los Angeles’s traffic will cost the city $91 billion.

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