LA traffic is again the world’s worst, by this analytics firm’s accounting

The new toll lanes and general lanes are nearly completed as commuters travel in traffic on the westbound 91Freeway through Corona on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The new lanes are set to open Monday morning, March 20. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
According to an analysis of traffic congestion, Los Angeles drivers spend more time in gridlock than drivers anywhere else in the world. Drivers throughout Southern California — like these on the westbound 91 in Corona — feel the pain of hours spent behind the wheel. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

In a study that may come as no surprise to Southern California commuters, Los Angeles’ traffic is the most gridlocked in the world.

According to the Global Traffic Scorecard, an annual study by transportation analytics company Inrix, 2017 was the sixth year in a row that LA held that distinction. The study measured the percentage of drive time spent in gridlocked traffic during peak travel periods, as well as how much that gridlock cost the city or metropolitan area analyzed.

In 2017, Los Angeles drivers spent 12 percent of their time on the road in gridlock, which added up to 102 hours.

But there is some good news found in the study. Those 102 hours were 2 percent fewer than those spent sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic in 2016.

The cost to LA in 2017? According to Kirkland, Wash.-based Inrix, $19.2 billion.

Los Angeles did not have the most congested traffic corridor in 2017, however. The only Southern California freeway to appear on the list was the I-10 between the 405 and the 110. It came in No. 4. New Yorkers can lay claim to the most congested piece of highway: the Cross Bronx Expressway in New York City.


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CHP investigating fatal crash off northbound 405 at Goldenwest

Authorities are investigating a fatal crash Sunday evening, Jan. 21, in which a taxicab went off the northbound 405 Freeway at the Goldenwest Avenue exit in Westminster and struck a pole.

The off-ramp was closed to traffic following the 9:38 p.m. crash for investigation, the California Highway Patrol reported. A witness reported that the taxi had been traveling at a high speed, the CHP said.

The Highway Patrol was unable to say if the person killed was the driver or a passenger or whether there were other people in the vehicle.

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3 men arrested following Fullerton-to-Santa Ana pursuit

FULLERTON — Three men were arrested Thursday, Dec. 28, after leading police on a 20-minute pursuit, according to authorities.

Around 8:20 p.m. Fullerton officers attempted to pull over a Dodge Ram truck for a vehicle registration violation, Fullerton police Lt. Mike Chlebowski said. The driver sped off and someone inside the vehicle threw a handgun out of a window, he added.

The chase ended near Chestnut Avenue and Standard avenues in Santa Ana. The three men were taken into custody and face multiple felony charges, Chlebowski said. Their identities were not immediately released.

Santa Ana police officers assisted during the pursuit.





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Motorcyclist killed in Fountain Valley collision

FOUNTAIN VALLEY — A 24-year-old motorcyclist died Friday, Dec. 15, following a collision with a van, according to the Orange County Coroner Division.

Killed in the collision around 9 a.m. near Warner Avenue and Mount Hope Street was Danny Dement III, a coroner’s  report says.  Dement’s city of residence was not listed.

Fountain Valley Police Department officials could not immediately be reached for comment regarding details of the crash.


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Man hit, killed by car while crossing street in Stanton

STANTON — A man was killed by a car Tuesday night, Sept. 19, while crossing a street in Stanton, authorities said.

The incident was reported around 7:20 p.m. near the intersection of Katella and Dale avenues, said Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Matthew Stiverson.

The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he died. His name was not released.

The driver of the car remained at the scene and is cooperating with deputies, Stiverson said. The incident was under investigation.

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