Decades of under-investment, fiscal neglect and local opposition to suburban Maryland’s transportation priorities have finally gotten us somewhere – number one on the list of most congested metropolitan areas in the US – according to a recent study cited by the Washington Post. The news comes as no surprise.
The latest Texas Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Report ranks the Washington, D.C., region number 1 (tied with Chicago) in peak hour delays, with 70 hours lost per commuter, per year, on average, in our region.
What could you do with an extra 70 hours each year? This is not to mention the tons of extra carbon emissions and over $3,000 wasted per household on extra fuel and wear-and-tear on our vehicles caused by severe congestion.
The TTI survey ranks our region-
• #1 in fuel wasted per peak auto commuter
• #2 in commuter stress
• #2 in cost of delay per peak hour auto commuter ($1,555/year)
To read the entire report, click here.
The survey’s authors hit the nail on the head:
“In the end there’s a need for more capacity.”
–Tim Lomax, Author
Texas Transportation Institute
2010 Urban Mobility Report