Congestion Costs Money
- Written by Mark Kuhar
October 4, 2011 – Wasted time is wasted money. And when it comes to infrastructure, there is a lot of time and money being wasted. The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) released its 2011 Urban Mobility Report detailing the significant economic impact America’s crumbling transportation network has on the nation’s economy. According the report’s findings: The amount of delay endured by the average commuter was 34 hours. The cost of congestion is more than $100 billion, nearly $750 per commuter “Rush hour” is actually six hours of not rushing anywhere. Congestion is a growing problem outside of “rush hour,” with about 40 percent of delays occurring mid-day and overnight, creating a serious problem for businesses that rely on efficient production and deliveries. The top five cities for congestion, and cost to commuters, are Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and New York City.