Not Logged In Log In   Sign Up   Points Leaders
Follow Us    5:21 PM

GasBuddy News Article

61
votes
Traffic study says road congestion cost U.S. $121 billion

GasBuddy Blog -- When you read how much money Americans waste by sitting in traffic it might make your blood boil. And it might make you push your state legislators to fight for the appropriate infrastructure investment financing your state needs to get us moving again.

The report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute earlier this week says traffic congestion costs drivers $121 billion. We spent 5.5 billion additional hours sitting in traffic in 2011, the year covered by the study. That comes down to $818 per commuter in lost time and wasted fuel.

And where would you think the problem is the worst? Los Angeles? New York? No, the worst metro area for traffic congestion is Washington, DC. And I'll bet you that city, probably...


Read the Full Article

Submitted Feb 07, 2013 By: PD
Category: GasBuddy Official Blog > Topics Add to favorite topics   Post new topicPost New Topic
Author Topic: Traffic study says road congestion cost U.S. $121 billion Back to Topics
REPLIES (newest first) Post a Reply
USMCturtlehead
Champion Author Lexington

Posts:249,300
Points:431,550
Joined:Feb 2013
Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 1:44:07 AM

Freeways and streets cannot be built to eliminate traffic congestion from rush hour or unseen incidents such as accidents and snow storms. Waste is a byproduct of everyday costs.
Chris46
Champion Author Dayton

Posts:31,264
Points:2,401,395
Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:21:59 PM

I could have told them that, and saved them a lot of money.
moose21040
Veteran Author Baltimore

Posts:256
Points:363,540
Joined:Jan 2011
Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:46:05 AM

Do you think this was worth spending are tax money on????
honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

Posts:21,410
Points:1,937,840
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 7:02:30 AM

how much did the study cost taxpayers?
LuckyLou1
Champion Author Colorado

Posts:2,096
Points:508,060
Joined:Oct 2012
Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:49:11 PM

Sit back and smell the roses
sydb7
Champion Author Atlanta

Posts:4,672
Points:2,189,565
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 9:05:26 AM

Most people would rather complain than use public transit where it is available! Enjoy your traffic jams as you inefficiently have one driver per car!
EvPv
Champion Author Maine

Posts:2,658
Points:592,135
Joined:Feb 2011
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 8:02:09 AM

agreed coughlin. I have relatives on Long Island crabbing about the price of gas, yet NEVER use the LIRR or bus system. When I lived down there we did it all the time. The busses go past very major and minor street corner several times an hour.
coughlin
Champion Author San Jose

Posts:6,410
Points:1,361,995
Joined:Sep 2009
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 7:47:25 AM

Public transportation!
virostek
Veteran Author Virginia

Posts:423
Points:90,285
Joined:Oct 2012
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 6:11:51 AM

OK.
1Boog
Champion Author Lincoln

Posts:7,422
Points:1,495,750
Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 6:07:21 AM

not too much of a shocker!!
prcoqui
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:5,047
Points:1,911,690
Joined:Dec 2006
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:48:50 AM

The Vanpool leaves early so we can beat the DC beltway traffic.
remay
Champion Author Houston

Posts:8,432
Points:2,437,640
Joined:May 2006
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:37:19 AM

I wonder how much more was wasted by politicians preventing improvements?
WonderfulMI
Champion Author Michigan

Posts:13,403
Points:2,114,825
Joined:Jun 2008
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:23:18 AM

Yet, many conservatives would rather waste this kind of money than spend money on road improvements. Go figure!
mandoid
Champion Author Alabama

Posts:8,940
Points:1,837,380
Joined:May 2008
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:18:00 AM

Believe to many studies are being done, How about using Common Sense...
isem
Champion Author Missouri

Posts:3,574
Points:751,240
Joined:Feb 2012
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:17:43 AM

Old news......
bobzilla11
Champion Author Indiana

Posts:2,419
Points:802,715
Joined:May 2011
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:11:00 AM

corporate sets start times for work to maximize business not to make commuting easier. take the bus
kirzon484
Champion Author Atlanta

Posts:3,505
Points:758,690
Joined:Jun 2011
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:07:10 AM

i know it costs my family big in time and money
chuckohio
Champion Author Columbus

Posts:2,810
Points:563,310
Joined:Aug 2012
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:04:15 AM

Try to leave early for work
Fish167
Champion Author North Carolina

Posts:5,569
Points:2,793,840
Joined:Aug 2005
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:03:35 AM

Having lived in Atlanta, I believe this.
kd5kpd
Champion Author Texas

Posts:5,205
Points:1,720,075
Joined:Apr 2006
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:02:47 AM

Glad I dont live in those ares!!
EVBuddy
Champion Author Nevada

Posts:18,319
Points:3,354,230
Joined:Sep 2004
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:02:24 AM

How maney other facts are there
wingryder92
Champion Author British Columbia

Posts:8,570
Points:881,680
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:58:43 AM

It has taken them this long to figure that out??
CarpenterNJ
Champion Author New Jersey

Posts:2,517
Points:780,370
Joined:Sep 2011
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:58:35 AM

I live out in the sticks and the I-78 is often a logjam for the morning and evening commutes...
PrinceLH
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:4,338
Points:864,795
Joined:Jun 2011
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:57:35 AM

Good luck with that!
abk
Champion Author Utah

Posts:2,680
Points:932,275
Joined:Jan 2010
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:57:13 AM

Use rapid transit in bigger cities where they're sitting in traffic.
MopedTime
Champion Author Michigan

Posts:1,458
Points:666,085
Joined:Mar 2012
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:55:56 AM

'm glad to live in a small city. Nor traffic congestion :)
us412
Champion Author Arkansas

Posts:25,358
Points:2,730,695
Joined:Apr 2006
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:53:38 AM

These studies are done by design and build businesses so as to drum up new business at your expense.
Chadgas
Champion Author Missouri

Posts:2,541
Points:2,488,590
Joined:Feb 2006
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:53:16 AM

Old news
rosyLI
Champion Author Long Island

Posts:7,251
Points:1,382,985
Joined:Apr 2010
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:52:27 AM

I believe it.
friday21
Champion Author Toronto

Posts:7,704
Points:971,130
Joined:Jul 2010
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:51:51 AM

Bla Bla Bla
wkb03
Champion Author Georgia

Posts:3,272
Points:898,000
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:50:16 AM

This old study is also a waste of money.
Hunter724
Champion Author New Hampshire

Posts:9,739
Points:1,970,580
Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:46:37 AM

Believe to many studies are being done, How about using Common Sense...
Royski
Champion Author Los Angeles

Posts:2,391
Points:336,260
Joined:Oct 2006
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:45:15 AM

It's not just congestion. It's stupid traffic lights that bring everyone to a halt when there's no traffic the other way.
ILVET
Champion Author Illinois

Posts:16,433
Points:3,250,840
Joined:Jan 2005
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:43:57 AM

All these studies run billions as well
neptune2008
Champion Author Michigan

Posts:9,733
Points:1,965,780
Joined:Aug 2008
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:43:37 AM

waste?? you wanna talk waste?? real waste??
Lengas
Champion Author Gary

Posts:15,283
Points:3,045,750
Joined:Nov 2004
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:42:58 AM

ok
melvindale
Champion Author Michigan

Posts:1,438
Points:351,230
Joined:Jun 2011
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:41:07 AM

Other than gasoline burned, all the rest is pure speculation.

Lost work hours? I don't know about the rest of you, but if I come in late, I have to stay late so the hours still come out correctly.
raccoon2011
Champion Author Massachusetts

Posts:3,042
Points:676,490
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:41:04 AM

old news
scu227
Champion Author New Haven

Posts:5,927
Points:1,098,880
Joined:Feb 2011
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:40:53 AM

ok
LeeFree
Champion Author Pittsburgh

Posts:10,755
Points:2,562,425
Joined:Jun 2005
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:40:39 AM

It costs us billions to sit in traffic and it costs us billions in road taxes. Either way it's costing us billions. There is no solution.
djp071158
Champion Author Detroit

Posts:2,241
Points:611,495
Joined:May 2012
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:39:52 AM

Seems to me I spend less time now in traffic jams than I used to. I used to get stuck in traffic for 15-30 minutes a day. It is more line 5 now. I go in at the same time but get off work later. Makes a big difference.
pepinoNC
Champion Author Raleigh

Posts:3,824
Points:985,360
Joined:May 2011
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:38:30 AM

And the solution ?
bassakwards007
Champion Author Orange County

Posts:2,715
Points:569,415
Joined:Aug 2012
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:38:07 AM

Sync the Traffic Signals
blueliner16
Champion Author Detroit

Posts:11,185
Points:2,490,690
Joined:Aug 2006
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:36:22 AM

No surprises here
oas
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:5,877
Points:2,469,390
Joined:Feb 2005
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:36:19 AM

Old news.
bababooey2
Champion Author Hartford

Posts:8,007
Points:1,629,350
Joined:Sep 2009
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:34:51 AM

It will never end.
bigbob1950
Veteran Author Milwaukee

Posts:383
Points:1,155,015
Joined:Jan 2007
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:33:26 AM

U DIDNT BUILD DAT!
metrojeep
Champion Author Fort Worth

Posts:3,987
Points:762,695
Joined:Feb 2012
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:32:09 AM

Old news
rjd1608
Champion Author Toledo

Posts:6,998
Points:2,257,530
Joined:Aug 2003
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:31:04 AM

commented yesterday
StrangeLuv
Champion Author Kansas City

Posts:5,137
Points:1,192,590
Joined:Jul 2008
Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:29:08 AM

Not surprising.
Post a reply Back to Topics