Houston Traffic Sucks: Now With New, Improved Data!!

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There are tons of stories throughout the year on traffic-congestion studies, but one that we like to cite is from the Texas Transportation Institute, an Aggie organization that tends to do a thorough job.

They're out with their newest annual study and are saying that breakthroughs in data collection and collating make it the best ever.

So you should believe it when it says Houston traffic sucks. Or you can just trust your morning commute experience.

Only Chicago, Washington and LA have worse traffic among big cities, the study found.

Congestion costs Houstonians an extra $1,322 each year in vehicle expense, TTI says.

This year the numbers include a lot more sophisticated information than previously, researchers say.

"This year's report is a remarkable game changer," researcher David Schrank said. "The new data address the biggest shortcoming of previous reports. The data show conditions for every day of the year and include the effect of weather problems, traffic crashes, special events, holidays, work zones and other factors directly impacting traffic flow."

"We have a great deal more confidence in the numbers we now have for the chaotic years of 2007, 2008 & 2009," researcher Shawn Turner said. "Thanks to technology, we are using data that simply could not have been gathered a few years ago."

So in case you were thinking Houston traffic was just terrific, and if they just did the studies right it could be proven, looks like you'll have to change your tune. You'll have plenty of time to do it sitting on 290 in the morning.

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