Traffic data firm shows Portland has 12th worst traffic in the country

FILE -- Rush-hour traffic in Portland. (KATU File Photo)

Those who drive in the Portland-metro area often complain about traffic being bad. A new report shows those complaints are valid.

Traffic data firm Inrix released its 2017 Global Traffic Scorecard and the numbers for Portland are grim.

According to Inrix, Portland has the 12th worst traffic congestion in the country. When major cities in all of North America are factored in, Portland's ranking is 13th. On a global scale, Portland has the 40th worst congestion in the world.

The company also found the average driver spent 50 hours in congestion in 2017. That's up from 47 hours in 2016.

Costs are also part of the traffic scorecard. Inrix estimates traffic congestion costs Portland $3.9 billion a year. That amounts to $1,648 per driver.

The top ten worst congested cities in America, according to Inrix, are: Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Seattle, and Dallas.

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