At 155 hours, Chicago congestion at No. 1 as traffic grows nationwide

January 11, 2023

Chicago-area drivers had the most hours wasted while sitting in congestion last year, with the average driver losing 155 hours to traffic — a jump of about 50 percent compared to 2021, according to INRIX’s global traffic scorecard released Tuesday. C. and San Francisco actually saw huge decreases in traffic, more so than some other major areas,” Pishue said. Congestion delays in Chicago are up 7 percent, while Miami’s delays were up 30 percent. For many metro areas, the rebound in congestion in 2022 stemmed from the return of the morning commute, Pishue said. “I hate to say traffic congestion is welcome.