Los Angeles and Orange counties are still tied for No. 1 in the nation in traffic delays, a study published today by the Texas Transportation Institute concludes. Motorists in either county lost an average of 72 hours in rush hour traffic in 2005—almost 2 work weeks. LA and Orange have lead the competition 23 out of the last 24 years.
But Inland Empire (San Bernadino and Riverside counties) and Ventura county commuters may have more cause to be worried. They may place behind LA—with 49 and 39 hours lost, respectively—but they are clocking a huge increase from their 1985 averages of only nine hours. LA and Orange's delays increased just 20 hours since '85. (Read more California stories.)