A new study is out. According INRIX, a company that specializes in connected car services and transportation analytics, Los Angeles has the worst traffic jams in the nation.
INRIX Chief Economist Graham Cookson says LA has 10 of the 25 worst traffic hotspots in America, and it’s going to cost L.A. drivers an estimated $91 billion over the next 10 years. Cookson says that’s a big honking problem.
“Only 5% of people in the LA metro area commute taking transit, right, so most people are in their cars which is a big driver of congestion on the roads.”
Cookson went on to say some of the ways to tackle traffic might be just as unpopular as the traffic jams themselves.
“If you want to change behavior, you have to encourage it and you have to punish it effectively. I think you’re also going to have to consider things like express toll lanes and what we call congestion toll charging. I think these are some of the methods you have to consider.”
Cookson was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
Sharon Reardon. KABC News