Washington, D.C. residents that drive to work have a valid reason to complain about the commute; the District of Columbia was recently named the most congested city in the nation by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). The Institute’s 2012 Urban Mobility Report examines congestion and traffic issues in 489 urban areas.
Top 10 most congested cities:
- Washington, D.C.
- Los Angeles, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- New York, NY
- Boston, MA
- Houston, TX
- Atlanta, GA
- Chicago, IL
- Philadelphia, PA
- Seattle, WA
In addition to being a waste of time, congestion is also costly:
- Commuters wasted 2.9 billion gallons of fuel due to congestion
- $121 billion worth of congestion-related delay and fuel costs are realized annually
- Per commuter average cost of $818 per year, up from $342 in 1982 (adjusted for inflation)
Public transportation can alleviate urban congestion and reduce excessive carbon dioxide emissions but it isn’t the only congestion relief approach recommended by the TTI. Other measures that municipalities should research include adding capacity in critical travel corridors, change usage patterns by encouraging flex hours or telecommuting opportunities and providing a variety of travel options to commuters.
Learn more about current traffic congestion concerns as well as historical trends by downloading the report: 2012 Urban Mobility Report (PDF).