Motorists Wasted 3.9 Billion Gallons of Fuel Due to Traffic in 2009

by , 01/24/11

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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?


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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1 Comment

  1. StarrWulfe January 25, 2011 at 3:17 am

    …They would have to use a picture of Atlanta for this story… I love the ATL, but dammit if I don’t HATE the traffic!! If ever there was a poster city for urban sprawl+point-the-finger-politics+NIMBY approaches for solving the problems…. Atlanta gets the Gold Medal every time…

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