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Census: DC region has second worst traffic in U.S.

WASHINGTON — New data from the Census Bureau shows the Washington, D.C., region has the nation’s second-worst commute.

The Census report Tuesday comes a month after a respected report from the Texas Transportation Institute ranked the D.C. area with the nation’s worst traffic.

Tuesday’s Census report lists the average one-way commute in 2011 for the D.C. region at 34.5 minutes. The greater New York region had the nation’s longest commute at 34.9 minutes.

The national average is 25.5 minutes.

In addition, the report states that 27 percent of the workers in the District of Columbia itself have one-way commutes of an hour or more.

The report found a strong correlation between long commute times and a region’s reliance on public transportation.