It is not a novelty that the traffic in the U.S. has worsened because of a growth in car sales and a rising American economy. This has led to a negative impact of personal and financial nature for drivers and roads, both.
The 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard, which was released by the INRIX, traffic information and driver services provider and by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), stated that drivers waste around 7 billion extra hours, which means 42 hours every year per commuter stuck in traffic jams and that they burned over 3 billion gallons of fuel just by sitting on overcrowded streets last year.
The fuel wasted sums up to a massive $160 billion, which means $960 per commuter. Back in 1982, INRIX said that the average traffic per consumer was of 18 hours with 0.5 billion of fuel wasted, standing for $42 billion.
In the top 10 cities in the U.S. with the worst traffic jams, Washington D.C. takes the lead, where commuters suffered an average of 82 hours of highway delay in 2014, followed by Los Angeles at a close second of 80 hours. The third position goes to San Francisco, where motorists spend an average of 78 hours stuck in traffic jams. Out of the top 3 worst cities with traffic jams, New York takes the 4th spot as New Yorkers spent last year 74 hours of their “could have been vacation” time in traffic.
San Jose is at number 5 with 67 hours per commuter, followed by Boston with 64 hours wasted in traffic by drivers. Seattle takes the 7th position with 63 hours, and then Chicago (61) is at a tie with Houston (61), while the last position in the list of cities with worst traffic jams is filled by Riverside-San Bernadino, California (59).
By Gabriela Florea