STAMFORD - Commuters may not be surprised to learn that rush-hour traffic is a problem that isn't getting any better in southwestern Connecticut.

According to a new study from the South Western Regional Planning Agency, congestion is a major quality of life issue for the region. Will Palmquist says the conclusion was drawn after he spent three months studying traffic patterns on I-95 and the Merritt Parkway.

Palmquist says he drove during the heavy commutes using a GPS, which downloaded speeds into the agency's geographical system to plot the line of travel.