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You’re not imagining it: DC commutes getting worse

Americans now back to pre-recession driving habits
  • Americans are back to their pre-recession driving habits.
  • Washington, DC, is the worst in the nation for time spent commuting.
  • Even though gas is cheap, the average commuter unnecessarily spends $960 a year on wasted fuel.

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According to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard, compiled by traffic information and driver services provider INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, D.C. drivers waste the most time due to traffic congestion. In the Washington, D.C. area, commuters each waste an average of 82 hours a year stuck in traffic. The next worse are  Los Angeles (80 hours), San Francisco (78 hours), New York (74 hours), and San Jose (67 hours). And over time, it’s only going to get worse. By 2020, the report's authors say, with a continued good economy: Annual delay per commuter will grow from 42 hours to 47 hours. Total delay nationwide will grow from 6.9 billion hours to 8.3 billion hours. The total cost of congestion will jump from $160 billion to $192 billion. Americans drove more than 3 trillion miles in the last 12 months, says the U.S. Department of Transportation. That’s a new record, eclipsing the 2007 peak. Heavy traffic image via Shutterstock. The au...