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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, September 07, 2019 1:00 am

Promising city traffic report

The next time you're stuck in a line of traffic at one of the city's myriad construction sites, ponder this finding in a recent WalletHub survey:

Among the nation's largest cities, Fort Wayne and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are where residents spend the least amount of time in traffic congestion. The nine hours per year drivers here and in Winston-Salem spent idling are “18.2 times fewer than in Boston, the city where residents spend the most at 164,” the personal-finance website reported.

Research on the same subject by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found the average American commuter loses 54 hours a year in traffic delays, CNN reported. “Traffic has gotten so bad in major cities that there isn't really a definitive rush hour anymore,” the news network reported. “It's just creeping car sludge all the time.”

Fort Wayne came in 41st in WalletHub's “2019 Best & Worst Cities to Drive In” study, which ranked 100 cities by such factors as the cost of cars, insurance and maintenance; weather; infrastructure; and safety. Raleigh, North Carolina, was first in the overall rankings;  the worst was Detroit, ironic for the longtime center of U.S. automaking, but surely no surprise to upper-Midwestern drivers.

Per capita, Fort Wayne was 94th for the number of car washes and 84th for the number of gas stations. It was 99th for the number of days with precipitation and 87th for number of cold days. (Again, no big shock.) The city was 77th for the number of parking lots and garages – but it was 17th for its annual parking rate. 

Maybe that will make you feel a little better the next time you swipe your credit card at the parking garage – if you're lucky enough to have found a space there.