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Dallas traffic gridlock easing up, new survey shows

Dallas traffic gridlock easing up, new survey shows

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Could Dallas traffic possibly be getting less nightmarish? Texas Transportation Institute

Dallas traffic makes you want to scream, right? Well, we’ve actually got some good news about your daily commute that might soothe your road rage.

The newly released INRIX 2017 Traffic Scorecard ranks Dallas as the 10th most congested city in the U.S. While that showing is nothing to celebrate, this is: Dallas appeared at No. 7 on the 2016 scorecard. So even though traffic sometimes doesn’t feel like it’s on the move, Dallas’ traffic congestion ranking moved down three spots in just one year.

On top of that, Dallas saw a 9 percent reduction in peak hours spent in traffic from 2016 to 2017, INRIX says.

The scorecard shows Dallas drivers spent 54 hours in traffic congestion in 2017. That equates to 11 percent of peak drive time spent in gridlock and 6 percent of total drive time.

Another positive: No Dallas roads appear in the INRIX ranking of the 10 most congested roads in the U.S.

Here’s how other Texas cities fared on the scorecard:

  • Houston — 2017 ranking in the U.S.: 11th. Hours spent in traffic congestion: 50. Percentage of drive time spent in peak traffic congestion: 13 percent.
  • Austin — 2017 ranking in the U.S.: 14th. Hours spent in traffic congestion: 43. Percentage of drive time spent in peak traffic congestion: 20 percent.
  • San Antonio — 2017 ranking in the U.S.: 42nd. Hours spent in traffic congestion: 25. Percentage of drive time spent in peak traffic congestion: 10 percent.

INRIX, which specializes in traffic analytics, produces the traffic scorecard annually.