How has traffic congestion changed since 1982? According to a recent study by Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute, here are a few of the numbers:
- the number of hours per commuter lost to traffic delay has nearly tripled, climbing to 54 hours a year;
- the annual cost of that delay per commuter has nearly doubled, to $1,010;
- the nationwide cost of gridlock has grown more than tenfold, to $166 billion a year; and
- the amount of fuel wasted in stalled traffic has more than tripled, to 3.3 billion gallons a year.
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