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NAVTEQ Shocker! New York City, other populated places have terrible traffic problems

Darren Murph

Do you enjoy driving? Do you adore the open road? Are you willing to do anything and everything to avoid being patted down by Patrick Downy of the TSA? Well by Golly, you might just need yourself a GPS! But look out! If you're headed to New York City, you might run into a small amount of "traffic," and that could very well cause an unwanted, but not at all unexpected, delay. Other North American spots -- most of which are "densely populated" -- just so happened to make the cut in a new traffic study from NAVTEQ, a respected leader in the navigation industry. Best steer clear of Denver, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Philly, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. if you're looking to keep the wheels moving this Thanksgiving, and we're totally under the assumption that you actually needed a research project to inform you of that. Consider yourself schooled!

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NAVTEQ Cites Top 10 Most Congested Cities and Freeways in North America

In time for the holiday season, NAVTEQ, the leading provider of free traffic information services nationwide, helps drivers avoid the worst of the worst

CHICAGO, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of maps, traffic and location data enabling navigation, location-based services and mobile advertising around the world, today issued their experts' rankings of the Top 10 most congested cities and freeways in North America.

NAVTEQ® will help millions of on-the-go drivers dodge the worst of the worst traffic this holiday season via real-time traffic information available online and on their mobile phones. NAVTEQ has more than 400 experts monitoring traffic 24/7* in 113 markets. NAVTEQ traffic operators gather more than 45 million new traffic incident records per day and these experts know that unless plans keep you close to home, there's no truly crowd-free way to travel. Airports will be clogged with 24 million passengers(1). Popular train and bus routes will be standing room only. And all of that will accommodate just 15% of those who travel to Thanksgiving dinner. The other 85% will drive, and more than half intend to make trips in excess of 60 miles(2).

While NAVTEQ cannot help drivers avoid traffic totally, it has cited a Top 10 List of Most Congested Cities and Freeways in North America as fuel for thought while making holiday plans.

Freeways with the Slowest Typical Rush Hour

1. New York City – Brooklyn Battery TUNL NB
2. New York City – Washington BRG EB
3. Montreal – AUT-15EB
4. Philadelphia – US-202 SB
5. Montreal – RTE-138 WB
6. New York City – Washington BRG WB
7. Los Angeles – 1-10EB
8. Boston – US-1 NB
9. Dallas – TX-366 EB
10. Toronto – Don Valley PKWY NB

Cities with the Worst Rush Hours

1. New York
2. Washington D.C.
3. San Francisco
4. Los Angeles
5. Philadelphia
6. Chicago
7. Dallas - Ft. Worth
8. Atlanta
9. Houston
10. Denver

How to Steer Clear While You're on the Road

Accidents and other events can domino into big delays. Use one of these options to stay in touch with NAVTEQ and changing traffic conditions.

* Check in by mobile website on mobile phone or PDA at There's no charge, and it could save time, fuel, and frustration.
* Send an SMS text message to get real-time traffic information for city hotspots. Simply text your CITY CODE, (NY, CHIC, PHL, LA, etc.) to TRAFC (87232). City codes can be found at
* Save 1-866-MY-TRAFC (1-866-698-7232) to a phone favorites list before leaving home. This free hotline provides speed dial access to NAVTEQ for avoiding heavy traffic, construction, and accidents on your long weekend trip.



*Not all markets have 24/7 coverage

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