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Motorists Wasted 3.9 Billion Gallons of Fuel Due to Traffic in 2009
The Texas Transportation Institute looked at traffic congestion in 439 urban areas across the United States. Here are the other top cities with bad traffic problems:
1st – Chicago and Washington, D.C. – 70 hours
3rd – Los Angeles/Long Beach– 63 hours
4th – Houston – 58 hours
5th – San Francisco-Oakland (Bay Area)– 49 hours
6th – Dallas-Fort Worth and Boston – 48 hours
8th – Atlanta and Seattle – 44 hours
10th – New York- Newark area – 42 hours
While the fact that our economy rebounding is great news, the report is a great indicator about the state of our infrastructure right now. It’s become clear that we need more public transit, tolls, and other traffic-changing patterns and systems to keep our cars moving.
But there is one silver lining: the study found that public transportation may have eased some of the pain: our nation’s existing bus and rail network saved us another 785 million hours of wasted time spent in traffic. Now can you imagine what a difference it would have been if our public transportation programs were expanded only slightly?
WHY THIS MATTERS:
The shocking amount of fuel wasted by idling traffic is a clear call for better, more efficient transportation infrastructure and systems — including public transportation.
Via St. Louis Today
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