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LA makes up 20 percent of the nation's traffic congestion?

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Sunday traffic moves on Interstate Highway 110 at dusk through downtown of Los Angeles on March 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR        (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sunday traffic moves on Interstate Highway 110 at dusk through downtown of Los Angeles on March 23, 2014. JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

At a symposium on the future of transportation, Ford CEO Mark Fields says L.A. accounts for one-fifth of the nation's traffic congestion.

We know traffic is bad in L.A. But could we really be responsible for one-fifth of all the congestion in the entire United States?

That's a claim made by Ford CEO Mark Fields at AutoMobility LA, a big conference on the future of automobiles and transportation. Fields also claimed that jammed traffic costs L.A. $23 billion a year.

On the brighter side, an amalgam of transportation and urban planners, techies and auto execs painted a future that offers some relief, as cars and the roads they drive on get smarter, and new alternatives to personal car ownership become more accessible.

Our motor critic Sue Carpenter attended the conference, which kicks off the roll up to the LA Auto Show.  It opens to the public this weekend.

Click on the blue bar above to listen to Sue's story.

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