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