The report, by the traffic research company INRIX, shows the overall levels of U.S. traffic jumped by more than nine percent in April. Basically, more jobs, means more drivers on the road, but it's a regional issue. The Bay Area job market is booming.
In San Jose, congestion increased 25 percent from April 2012 to April of this year; San Francisco saw traffic jump by 22 percent. From March to March in San Jose, drivers spent on average an extra 32.4 hours in traffic, with an extra 2.7 hours in traffic per month. Los Angeles ranked first in the U.S. on the overall list, San Francisco isn't far behind at number three, with San Jose ranked 7th.
A stretch of Hwy 101 near Great America Parkway is considered one of the worst for traffic in the San Jose area. During the worst commuter hours, it will take you on average of 12 minutes to go just 4.2 miles from Fair Oaks Avenue to De La Cruz Boulevard.
The worst stretch of highway in the Bay Area is on Highway 4 from Bailey Road to Somersville Road.