Friday, January 28, 2011
It probably comes as no surprise to local commuters who fight traffic daily that the 2010 Urban Mobility Report, published by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University , rates the Washington DC area as the worst in the nation in annual delays and excess fuel consumption due to traffic congestion.
According to the report, national congestion costs continue to rise. Measured in constant 2009 dollars, the cost of congestion has risen from $24 billion in 1982 to $115 billion in 2009. The total amount of wasted fuel in 2009 topped 3.9 billion gallons – equal to 130 days of flow in the Alaska Pipeline. Cost to the average commuter: $808 in 2009, compared to an inflation-adjusted $351 in 1982. Yearly peak delay for the average commuter was 34 hours in 2009, up from 14 hours in 1982.
To view the report, go to http://tti.tamu.edu.
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