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US traffic only got a little worse in 2019, according to this study

US traffic only got a little worse in 2019, according to this study

The study shows that while traffic is getting worse, it's only doing so a little at a time.

Road Show by CNET
Kyle Hyatt
March 8, 2020 9:01 PM PDT

The thing about traffic is that while you're in it, it's an immediate annoyance. You have somewhere to be. You just want to get home after a long day at work. You have to pee really badly -- whatever. That immediacy makes it easy to lose track of just how much of an impact on you it actually has in the grand scheme of things.

For example, a company called Inrix put together a traffic survey that looked at not only how much time people spent in traffic in a given city, but how much that time cost them. So, if you live in Boston -- America's most congested city for the second year in a row -- you lost 149 hours of your life to traffic in the last year. If you live and drive in Chicago or Philadelphia, things aren't much better at 145 and 142 hours, respectively.

In dollar figures, things get even more depressing. That theoretical Boston commuter lost $2,205 just from being stuck in a car for that time rather than working, for example. Add in the cost of fuel and registration, plus insurance and wear and tear on your car, and it all starts to look pretty grim. Where it goes from grim to soul-crushing is when you see that it cost Americans some $88 billion to be stuck in their cars in 2019 alone... FULL ARTICLE

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