Philly makes list of 10 worst American cities for commuters

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new study confirms what most of us already know: Philadelphia is one of the 10 worst American cities for commuters.

Researchers with and Inrix categorized hours lost in congestion, cost of congestion and gas prices to come up with their list of the 10 worst commuter cities. 

The good news — if you can call it “good” — is that Philly is ranked 10th on that list, according to ApartmentGuides’ Brian Cranberry.

“The hours lost in congestion among the cities in the top ten, it was the lowest, so there’s some good news. You’re gonna spend about $2.76 per gallong of gas. Public transportation is actually not too bad, around $95 a month, if you’re gonna take one of the SEPTA inner-city cards and you have your unlimited rides there.”

Cranberry says, like many older cities with aging infrastructure, there’s little that can be done to ease congestion.

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“There’s really no room to expand because, either you’re over water, or there’s buildings right alongside of the road, so there’s nowhere to go,” he said.

The report’s findings hit a nerve with people like Kiersten Doria.

“I hate driving down here. People don’t know how to drive, don’t know how to use turn signals. They’re a mess,” she said. “The commute’s bad enough. But it can be a commute from hell if you’re not paying attention to which particular route to take right down to what particular lane to be in at any particular time on that route.” 

Doria says she learned early in her work career to avoid the roads altogether.

“The first week, I thought it would be easier,” she said. “We have parking at my job. Nah, I’d rather pay for the train. I was done. Road rage, everything. I said I can’t drive down here anymore.”

Mark Gilson has been navigating rush-hour traffic for decades and has learned a trick or two to lessen the frustration. 

“Southbound I-95, it goes from four lanes to three lanes because the fourth lane goes down an exit lane to the Betsy Ross Bridge. Well, you can get off there and get right back on again and, in essence, leapfrog in front of everybody else that’s backed up.”
Philadelphia finished just behind Boston and Pittsburgh. Los Angeles was ranked the worst city for commuters.

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