It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that with 26 million more people in the U.S. since 2005, aging roads are more crowded and additional time is required to reach destinations.
So Grumpy Editor notes that print and broadcast media late last week focused, often at length, on a report that growing urban population has boosted traffic congestion around the country and it is outpacing the nation’s ability to build infrastructure.
Among the nation’s worst traffic cities, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Houston and Riverside (Calif.) experienced population growth outpacing the national average of 0.7 percent last year, according to a report by Inrix, a Kirkland, Wash. company that analyzes travel data, and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, Texas.
U.S. population now stands at an estimated 321.2 million, according to the Census Bureau. This compares with 295.5 million 10 years ago.
Washington, D.C. tops the list of commuter gridlock, followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.
Rush-hour congestion adds 82 hours annually to motorists’ average commute in Washington, 80 extra hours in Los Angeles, 78 hours in San Francisco and 74 hours in New York.
Average travel-time delay per commuter nationwide is more than twice what it was in 1982, while for cities with under 500,000 people, the problem is four times worse than in 1982, adds the report.
Traffic congestion findings are drawn from traffic speed data collected by Inrix, along with highway performance data from the Federal Highway Administration.
More congestion lies ahead. The report predicts by 2020 annual delay per commuter will rise to 47 hours from 42.
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