Congratulations, Atlanta has just named Atlanta the worst city in the United States for commuters.

Here’s what they have to say:

Here, in the fastest-growing city in America, more people flood the roadways than the infrastructure can handle. Commuters spend 60 hours a year stuck in traffic, second only to those in Los Angeles. If that weren’t bad enough, Atlanta is so spread out that only 29% of drivers get to and from work in less than 20 minutes, the third worst rate in the country, and 13% spend more than an hour getting to work, the fourth worst rate in the country. The local train system doesn’t service the entire city, and thus fails to relieve the pressure.

Something for Atlantans to be proud of? Not!

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • judith collier

    carl, but it is so beautiful on a warm night driving around in a convertible.

  • Carl McColman

    I used to own a convertible (a 1963 Corvair!), so I must agree with you. Then again, that was when I lived in Virginia. Here in Atlanta, the air quality is so bad that would sort of ruin the fun. And I don’t think a convertible stuck on I-285 during rush hour, with huge 18-wheelers on either side of you belching out their exhaust, would be charming at all!

  • phil foster

    Like my dear friend and fellow retreat facilitator Elizabeth (aka Crystal Sister) does when stuck in I285 traffic – open the top (or sun roof) and blow bubbles. Has amazing effects (+) on the road rage factor (which, thankfully, is not mentioned in the Forbes article – no doubt this would place us #1 in the entire cosmos).

  • Don

    I noticed when I was there last month that the longest traffic jams on my trip were in Atlanta. Lovely place to visit though. The memory is still with me.