Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Traffic congestion cost was $120 Billion in 2012 - just one of many costs externalized from oil and auto profits

Highlights from the research illustrate the effects of the nation’s traffic problems:
  • The amount of delay endured by the average commuter was 38 hours, up from 16 hours in 1982.
  • The cost of congestion is more than $120 billion, nearly $820 for every commuter in the U.S.
  • “Rush hour”is six hours of notrushing anywhere.
  • Congestion is becoming a bigger problem outside of“rush hour,” with about 40 percent of the delay
  • occurring in the mid-day and overnight hours, creating an increasingly serious problem for businesses that rely on efficient production and deliveries.