What you need to know about LA traffic

For the third year in a row, Los Angeles was named the most congested city in the United States.

It’s a distinction that L.A. drivers know all too well, but have little control over.

A new project produced jointly by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering seeks to make sense of the gridlock.

Relying on data supplied by L.A Metro, the “Crosstown Traffic” project is a living database of traffic information — the most dangerous intersections, the worst times to be on the freeways, the bus that is almost always late.

KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis sat down with USC Annenberg professor Gabriel Kahn and data journalism student Naiwen Tian to talk about the project, and how they hope it will inform policy.

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Check out the entire project here.