No, Seriously, Says A&M Transpo Report, Dallas-Area Traffic's Not as Bad As It Used to Be

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Could have sworn we just saw an Annual Urban Mobility Report from the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M -- like, eight months ago. Maybe the Aggies couldn't wait any longer to bring the good news: Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington drivers no longer waste 48 hours behind the wheel annually, stuck on a congested road to nowhere. Nope -- that number's dropped to a mere 45 hours, which puts us 10th on the list of major metros idling away 22 gallons of gas we'd otherwise use, ya know, driving -- right between Boston and Seattle, neither of whom appear to have teams interested in playing post-season baseball.

For those interested in a brief history lesson, this is an awfully big jump from the first mobility report we looked at in '07, when we were wasting 58 hours stuck in traffic. But the latest study says this is but a temporary respite from gridlock: If and when the economy rebounds, it says:
The average commuter is estimated to see an additional 3 hours of delay by 2015 and 7 hours by 2020. By 2015, the cost of gridlock will rise from $101 billion to $133 billion -- more than $900 for every commuter, and the amount of wasted fuel will jump from 1.9 billion gallons to 2.5 billion gallons -- enough to fill more than 275,000 gasoline tanker trucks.
Here's all the D-FW-A data, which dates back to 1999. Says our rush hour's now five hours long -- as opposed to the six of just a few years back, for instance.
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Paul
Paul

Interesting comparison between 1986 and 2010

Population: 2,900k vs. 5,158k; 178% increase% congestion: 26% vs 68%; 261% increasetotal delay: 26,518 vs 163,585; 617% increaseFraction of Populationas Commuters: 43.5% vs 55.9%; 128% increase

Note that the total delay and % congestion have risen faster than the population increase.

My conclusion: Road building causes additional congestion. ... 8-D

Sam
Sam

In Lakewood you don't need freeways or tollways unless you are going out of town. Maybe for a job but it's usually a reverse commute. It's astounding to me that masses of people suffer in this self-inflicted torment each day.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Now think about that for 30 seconds.  How much does it cost to own a home in Lakewood? 

Roscoejett
Roscoejett

You can rent an apartment in the Lakewwos area for as little as $500-$600 and the home prices go from less than $100K to several million. And there are some excellent schools. No need to waste your life driving for a tract McMansion on the prairie.

John2247
John2247

I think he meant Greater Lakewood.

Plus, you gotta figure the gas savings.

John_McKee
John_McKee

I commute from Uptown to Las Colinas, its about 15-20 minutes to Las Colinas and 25-30 back. Unless it is a really, really bad day on 35 headed home and then it's 1:00-1:30. The hour in stop and go traffic makes me want to start playing bumper cars to get home, I don't understand how some of you guys handle the commutes like that every day.

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