Drivers Call LA Commute Nation's Most 'Painful'

City tops IBM's 'commuter pain index'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2009 4:16 PM CDT
Traffic is seen on the 405 Freeway as a brush fire burns in the Sepulveda Pass area of Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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(Newser) – Los Angelenos may have fun in the sun, but they suffer the worst commutes, Reuters reports. An IBM survey of 4,446 motorists found that LA commuters ranked their morning drive highest on a "commuter pain index," which measures traffic, stress, anger, and other factors. Though Los Angeles commuters hate their drives the most, New Yorkers actually have the longest commute times, at an average of 38.4 minutes each way.

The IBM survey ranks America's worst 10 commutes:

  1. Los Angeles
  2. Washington DC
  3. Miami
  4. Chicago
  5. Boston
  6. New York
  7. Atlanta
  8. San Francisco
  9. Dallas-Fort Worth
  10. Minneapolis-St. Paul