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Report on America’s roads shows need for investment in infrastructure

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According to the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) Urban Mobility report, drivers across the USA spent nearly 7 billion hours stuck in traffic last year. The average time lost per commuter was 42 hours, and with an overall 3 billion gallons of fuel waste the cost of congestion is put at US$960 per commuter or US$160 billion. The data was collected with INRIX and is produced in the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard. The delays were worse in some areas than others, with Washington, D.C. coming out as the most gridlocked urban area with 82 hours delay per commuter. Los Angeles and San Francisco were a close second and third, with 80 and 78 hours per commuter, respectively. New York and San Jose rounded out the top five.

Commenting on the report, Pam Whitted, NSSGA’s Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, said: “If Congress needs any additional incentive to invest in our nation’s roads and highways, they need only read the TTI report. In the absence of congressional action, congestion is getting worse and Americans are wasting more and more of our valuable time in traffic. That is time we could be spending with family and friends. Congress needs to act on a multiyear bill when it returns in September. No more delays.”

The report predicts that the costs of congestion will only increase without a significant investment in America’s aging infrastructure.

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