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Study: Boston Has 10th Worst Traffic Congestion in US

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    Peter Furth, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, dissects Boston's most dangerous intersections and shows why they are a headache for drivers. (Published Friday, March 24, 2017)

    A new study has found that Boston has the 10th worst traffic congestion in the United States.

    The study, which was released on Wednesday, identified traffic "hotspots" in the 25 most congested U.S. cities. Hotspots were ranked by determining an "impact factor" based on the duration, length and frequency of traffic jams.

    It also identified the estimated economic costs of each hotspot over the next decade.

    When all was said and done, Boston finished 10th overall; weighing in with an impressive 4,158 hotspots, an impact factor of 2.4 million, and an $18.9 billion cost of 2026 congestion.

    This paled in comparison to the first place winner, Los Angeles, in which the study identified more than 10,000 hotspots, an impact factor of more than 11 million and a 2026 congestion cost of $90 billion.

    New York had the second worst traffic, with Washington, D.C., finishing third.

    The study identified the worst hotspot in Boston as the Massachusetts Turnpike east at the Boston University Bridge.

    Click here to view the full results of the study.

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