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Study: Everett is worst city in U.S. for time spent in traffic gridlock

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A revealing new in-depth study on traffic congestion has found that commuters around the city of Everett spent more time stuck in traffic last year than anywhere else in the United States.

The finding, which probably doesn't surprise anyone who commutes through Snohomish County, were included in a global study by Kirkland, Wash.-based INRIX Inc.

The study also found that the city of Seattle was ranked the ninth-most congested urban area in the nation, costing the city's drivers $5 billion in direct and indirect costs over the one-year period.

The study analyzed 500 terabytes of data from 300 million different sources covering over 5 million miles of road around the world.

Everett's No. 1 status turned up when researchers ranked the amount of time commuters spent trying to get in or out of a city. The data showed that commuters in the Everett area spent 28 percent of their time in gridlock while trying to leave or enter the city and its suburbs. That was twice as high as New York City, which had 14 percent gridlock.

Seattle's status as No. 9 came when a different data set was ranked - showing how many hours the average driver spent in congested conditions during the peak commute hours.

The study found that Seattle commuters spend, on average, 55 hours stuck in congested conditions, costing each driver an average of $1,853 extra in commuting costs.

The worst urban area in the nation was Los Angeles, where each commuter spends an average of 102 hours in congestion, at an average cost of $2,828 to each driver. New York City was second-worst by that measure.

Overall, the study found that traffic congestion cost U.S. motorists some $304.6 billion in 2017.

Looking at the data from around the world, Thailand showed the worst traffic congestion of any other nation, followed by Indonesia and Colombia. The United States ranked fifth.

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