The 15 US cities with the absolute worst traffic


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Auto and tech companies are pouring money into car-sharing and autonomous driving as traffic becomes a bigger issue in cities.

It's such a problem that the average US commuter spends 42 hours stuck in traffic a year, according to a report by the Texas Transportation Institute.&

TomTom, a navigation and mapping company, ranked US cities that have the most traffic congestion in its 2017 Traffic Index.

After collecting& data over a nine-year time span, TomTom measured& the extra travel time experienced by drivers over an entire year. TomTom assessed 189 cities overall& and gave each a congestion score out of 100. Each percentage represents how much extra travel time it took on average to make any trip, anywhere in the city.&

Here are the most congested cities in the US:

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15. Austin received a score of 25%, meaning it took commuters 25% more time to travel anywhere in the city. That's a 3% increase from 2016, showing traffic conditions have worsened.

14. Chicago got a score of 26%, the same as the year prior.

13. Baton Rouge received a score of 26%. That's the same as Chicago, but the score was a 3% increase from 2016, showing congestion is becoming a bigger issue in the Louisiana city.

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