How Slow is Your Commute? Check out Our Top 5 List


We ranked the slowest rush hour commutes on LA’s major freeways

Morning rush hour in Los Angeles is from 7-9 am, evening rush hour is from 4-7 pm

Here is our Top 5 list: 



North on the 101

Heading north on the 101 (between the 27 and the 5) the average speed is

30.1 MPH

map of the 101




East on the 10

Heading east on the 10 (between Santa Monica and the 5) the average speed is

29.1 MPH



South on the 405

Heading south on the 405 (between the 10 and the 110) the average speed is

29.1 MPH



North on the 405

Heading north on the 405 (between the 118 and the 10) the average speed is

26.1 MPH




South on the 5

Heading south on the 5 (between the 10 and the 605) the average speed is

20.4 MPH


How we did it:


First, we divided the Los Angeles freeway system into nine different segments. For example, we looked at the 10 freeway from Santa Monica till it intersects with the 5 freeway near Downtown. Then we looked at another segment of the 10 between the 5, heading east till it crosses the 57.  Then, we divided each section into two directions (e.g., east and west on the 10, or north and south on the 5).


Using something called the ADMS database, we were able to calculate the average speed in each directions for every hour of 2017. We then grouped those hours into days of the week, so we have a reading for all Mondays at 6 am, all Tuesdays at 6 am, and so forth. Then, we calculated the average morning and evening rush hour speeds on each section in each direction. Morning rush hour is 7-9 am; evening rush hour is 4-7 pm. Finally, we ranked them from fastest to slowest, and we also looked at the fastest and slowest day of the week.


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