BURLINGTON, MA (WVUE) - New Orleans joins the ranks of the top U.S. cities with the worst traffic congestion.
The navigational system TomTom released its 2013 report. Los Angeles made the top of the list. That is followed by San Francisco, Honolulu, Seattle and San Jose, New York, Miami, Washington, D.C., Portland, and New Orleans.
Traffic researchers say congestion increased two percent to the highest levels seen in the last five years.
TomTom says severe weather was a significant reason for some of the busiest traffic days across the U.S. last year.
The Thursday evening commute is the worst peak congestion in most U.S. cities, according to the study. Kansas City and Indianapolis are the least congested cities.
The study found that commuters spend an average of 64 hours per year stuck in traffic.
TomTom's complete Traffic Index, including individual city reports, can be found at www.tomtom.com/trafficindex.