Monday, April 30, 2012
According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the average American family spends more than $7,600 a year on transportation, more than they spend on food and more than twice what they spend on out-of-pocket health care costs. For 90 percent of Americans, transportation costs absorb one out of every seven dollars of income.
Traffic congestion on roads results in 1.9 billion gallons of gas wasted per year and costs drivers more than $100 billion in wasted fuel and lost time. Americans who were able to live in “location efficient” housing -- close to their jobs and/or transit -- were able to save $200 per month in transportation costs, including paying less at the pump over the past decade, according to the new research.
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