Austin’s surge in popularity is no secret. The quirky Texas city is affordable compared to many of the other cities on this list, and there’s no state income tax.
“Austin is a perfect example of why cities with newly thriving economies encounter traffic issues,” Bak says. “Austin has two universities, a strong tech industry, and a rapidly growing entertainment market. The population grew 6 percent last year, and the city estimates that about 100 people a week are moving to Austin. All good things, of course, but it’s also tough to meet that kind of demand in terms of infrastructure.”
In 2013, Austin drivers wasted approximately 41 hours in traffic on average, which is an increase of 3 hours from 2012.
Worst Corridor: I-35 southbound between exits 235A/Martin Luther King Blvd. and 237/Airpot Blvd.
Worst Hour: Thursdays at 5 p.m.
Travel Tip: I-35 splits into two decks (and upper and a lower) between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Airport Boulevard, north of downtown. The upper lanes are express lanes with no on-or-off-ramps, so use these if you don’t need to exit between Martin Luther King and Airport Boulevards.Back to top