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Traffic jam: The 10 most congested cities in America

In 2009, the average American driver spent 34 hours stuck in rush-hour traffic and lost out on $808 because of it, says a new study. Check out the 10 worst cities for drivers during peak hours (6 to 10 a.m., and 3 to 7 p.m.), as ranked by the 2010 Urban Mobility Report from Texas A&M University.

By Aaron Couch, Staff Writer

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In this file photo, drivers pour in and out of New York City, which Census data reveals is where commuters spend the most time traveling of any metro area.

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10. New York

Yearly delay: 42 hours

Cost per driver: $999

As the most populous city in the country, New York should probably expect little congestion. But thanks to New York's commuter rail and subway lines, the city of 8.4 million boasts a faster commuting time than cities with a fraction of its population density (26,000 per square mile).

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