Worst roads — highest taxes

Worst roads — highest taxes

Los Angeles traffic jam 1953, wikimediaCalifornia has the highest income, sales and gas taxes in America — and the worst roads. Reported CBS Los Angeles:

Los Angeles topped the charts for the most gridlocked city in 2013, according to the annual Traffic Scorecard, which is complied by traffic information provider INRIX.

Drivers in LA wasted an average of 64 additional hours behind the wheel due to traffic.

Motorists also experienced longer backups than drivers in dense cities in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, the study found.

Other California cities to make the top ten list include San Francisco (#3) and San Jose (#7).

Last month, Caltrans named Interstate 5 through Los Angeles as the worst freeway in California for traffic.

In 2012 alone, vehicles spent 6.6 million extra hours on that road due to heavy traffic, which was defined as vehicles going less than 35 mph.

Let’s see. 6.6 million hours times an average wage of about $18 an hour equals $119 million lost just from traffic jams on the 5 “freeway.” Exact numbers aren’t available, but if all the other clogged “freeways” in the state were added, the cost would be several billion dollars a year.

This is lost productivity in a state that has seen little productivity gain in recent years. Now, instead of building roads to keep our people moving to prosperity, Gov. Brown and the state leadership are keen to build an even more wasteful high-speed rail system that isn’t needed because we already have airplanes.

If you wonder why state growth is so slow, a good part of the lost growth is stuck in a traffic jam.


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  1. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 6 March, 2014, 18:46

    The Golden Gate Bridge is raising their “temporary” toll to $8!

    A temporary toll that was started when the bridge was completed in 1937!!!!!

    The Bay Bridge, completed a few months prior in 36, also raised its “temporary” toll 🙂

    I love government! Hard to believe I was a hard core democrat until the late 1990’s….

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  2. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 6 March, 2014, 18:54

    What would have changed if you had been a hard core Republican? Change your attitude and declare that you love this country. You have your vote if you don’t like they way the government is run. There is no perfect system. (According to the researchers, the happiest people in the world are in Scandinavia. You could move.)

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 7 March, 2014, 08:49

    We would gladly send discount chits to The Poodler for his California terminus maximus!

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  4. Hondo
    Hondo 7 March, 2014, 08:53

    So why are Sweden and Norway leading the known world in rapes? They must be skip happy to know their precious daughters ( and sons)are getting what they deserve, I guess. Their TV’s must have public service announcements proclaiming “Being raped is fun!!!”.
    But your comments are always fun Seesaw. Keep um coming.

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    • SeeSaw
      SeeSaw 7 March, 2014, 18:21

      Put on the documentation and I will take a look at it. I am not in the habit of looking up the rape statistics over the world.

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  5. Bob
    Bob 8 March, 2014, 12:37

    Makes ya proud to be a Colliefornian, don’t it? (As Ahnode would say.)

    Colliefornians would have it no other way.

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