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Everyone hates traffic, and it’s no secret that Los Angeles has some of the worst commutes in the country. Drivers in the LA area waste an average of 62 hours – more than an entire work week – in traffic every year, making it the sixth most congested city in the country.

To cope with the taxing traffic, some local startups aren’t thinking of ways to revitalize the county’s aging and unfinished freeway system: instead, they’re looking to the skies.

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The city of Long Beach is partnering with a startup developing electric, self-flying aircraft to explore the possibility of deploying air taxis that would bolster the city’s transit infrastructure.

Silicon Valley-based Wisk Aero and the Long Beach Economic Partnership have launched a working group involving local businesses, government officials and community leaders to examine the viability of air taxis in Long Beach. The working group is also partnering with California State University, Long Beach’s Office of Economic Research on an economic impact study that is slated for completion later this year.

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