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Tampa's Traffic Congestion Has Increased

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You're not imagining it- traffic is getting worse in Tampa. According to a study done by traffic research group INRIX, traffic congestion has increased in Tampa from 2010 to 2011, the latest information available.

Most of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas had less traffic congestion last year- but not Tampa.

30 of the nation's largest metro areas have increased traffic congestion and four Florida cities made the top 10 with Tampa taking the crown.

Cities with the biggest increases in traffic congestion are:

  1. Tampa
  2. Jacksonville
  3. Greensville, S.C.
  4. Atlanta
  5. Orlando
  6. Las Vegas
  7. Miami
  8. Houston
  9. Charlotte
  10. Phoenix

AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady said, "When you have millions of motorists on the roadways in those major metro markets where there is already a very large population of people, you're bound to have congestion."

But study says those cities that had increased traffic congestion also had a higher percentage of employment growth than the national average.

The national average employment growth is 1.5 percent while Tampa's average is 3 percent.

Brady said expect more traffic congestion for the Memorial Day weekend.