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Overall, Portland's roads are 26% congested, with the worst traffic happening on Thursdays between 5 and 6 pm.

PMG FILE PHOTO - It's no surprise — Portland is getting more congested.According to a recent report by GPS manufacturer TomTom, Portland's traffic congestion rose by 2% in 2019, after dropping in 2018. Overall, Portland's roads are 26% congested, with the worst traffic happening on Thursdays between 5 and 6 pm.

Because their GPS devices are constantly transmitting data, TomTom has been able to create a picture of American and international traffic patterns. Mining the data, the company has created web pages for cities worldwide. Anyone can interact with the company's Portland data online and drill down to see data on their particular commute and neighborhood roads.

Additionally, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute has published its 2019 Urban Mobility report, finding the cost of sitting in traffic cost Americans about $166 billion last year. The report includes information for Portland from 1982 through 2017.

According to the Texas findings, the average Portland commuter wasted about 66 hours in traffic in 2017, at a cost of about $1,305 and 31 gallons of gasoline. Commute traffic was responsible for 89.4% of delays.

You can access the interactive report for Portland here.. On the right side of the display, select Large (1 million to 3 million people) urban areas to see Portland on the map.


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