Average Chicago-Area Driver Spent 155 Hours Waiting In Traffic in 2022, Report Says


Chicagoans are all too familiar with having to sit through the frustration of traffic.

And now, there's data to prove just how bad it is.

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A recent report shows that the average Chicago-area driver spent 155 hours in traffic last year.

That's the highest number in North America and second highest in the world, according to Bob Pishue, transportation analyst with analytics company INRIX and author of the report. The number is up from pandemic-affected delays of 104 hours in Chicago in 2021.

“Pretty much every major U.S. city saw their morning commute come back last year,” Pishue said. “That was one of the first things that fell off during COVID. It was much lighter for travelers. Chicago had that but then also a much larger increase in that afternoon commute, as well. With both of those factors, it led to all of this traffic increasing.”

For the full 2022 report, click here.


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