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Dallas suburb stalled by worst commute in Texas, new ranking shows

Dallas suburb stalled by worst commute in Texas, new ranking shows

Pity the poor commuters in Garland. A new ranking shows the daily commute to work for people in Garland is the worst in Texas.

Of the Texas cities ranked by real estate website HomeArea.com, Garland commuters have the longest trek to the office — 29.5 minutes. In other words, those commuters are burning a lot of time each workday on I-635, the President George Bush Turnpike, and other local roadways.

Data gathered by GeoStat.org shows 7-7:29 am is the busiest rush-hour commuting period for Garland workers.

No matter the time of day, Garland commuters have some company on their long commutes.

Commuters in Fort Worth have the second-worst commute to work among the Texas cities ranked by HomeArea.com, at 27.9 minutes. Meanwhile, Arlington has the fourth-worst commute to work (27.3 minutes), with Plano coming in No. 5 (26.8 minutes), Dallas at No. 6 (26.7 minutes), and Irving at No. 7 (26.1 minutes).

The Dallas-Fort Worth city with the best commute on the HomeArea.com list is Richardson, at 24.6 minutes from home to work.

For its ranking, HomeArea.com looked at Texas cities with at least 60,000 residents that had enough data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey to estimate the average travel time to get to work. In its list, the website presented the cities with the Texas best and worst commute times.

Overall, Dallas ranked 10th on a 2017 list of the most traffic-congested cities in the U.S., making it the most traffic-congested city in Texas. Transportation analytics provider Inrix calculated that Dallas drivers wasted 54 hours in rush-hour traffic last year. One bit of good news: Dallas hit the brakes on rush-hour traffic congestion in 2017, with a 9 percent decline compared with 2016.

Inrix rates I-20 West at Exit 451 to Exit 466 as the worst traffic hot spot in Dallas.

Among Texas’ five biggest cities, San Antonio residents enjoy the shortest commute to work, at 24.7 minutes, according to the HomeArea.com ranking, followed by Austin (24.8 minutes), and Houston (27.3 minutes). Fort Worth has the worst commute among the five largest cities, while Dallas sits ahead of Houston.

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