The average rush-hour driver sits in traffic the equivalent of more than a week of work a year, according to a new report.
After analyzing 75 U.S. urban areas from New York City to cities with populations of 100,000, the annual Urban Mobility Report announced drivers in rush hour traffic waste about 62 hours a year idling or creeping along. Assuming an eight-hour workday, that means nearly eight workdays a year spent on traffic delays.
The city with the longest delays during rush hour is Los Angeles, at 136 hours.
The report also measured cities according to a Travel Time Index, which looked at how much slower a particular trip takes during rush hour compared with the same trip driven when traffic is flowing freely. Los Angeles topped that list, too. The study said a rush hour trip in Los Angeles takes an average 90 percent longer than the same trip during a non-rush hour period.
Those delays are costly. In 2000, the total cost for the 75 areas studied is nearly $68 billion. That’s based on 3.6 billon hours of delay and nearly 5.7 billion gallons of excess fuel consumed.
Cities with Longest Delays
Cities with Most Traffic
Source: Texas Transportation Institute