From the press release:
The most current information on the nation’s traffic picture is outlined in the 2009 Urban Mobility Report, published recently by the Texas Transportation Institute. This year’s installment tracks a quarter century of traffic patterns in 439 U.S. urban areas from 1982 through 2007.
Travelers spent one hour less stuck in traffic in 2007 than they did the year before and wasted one gallon less gasoline than the year before. The differences are small, but they represent a rare break in near-constant growth in traffic over 25 years.
Other highlights from the research illustrate the effects of the nation’s traffic problems.
* The overall cost (based on wasted fuel and lost productivity) reached $87.2 billion in 2007 — more than $750 for every U.S. traveler.
* The total amount of wasted fuel topped 2.8 billion gallons — three weeks’ worth of gas for every traveler.
* The amount of wasted time totaled 4.2 billion hours — nearly one full work week (or vacation week) for every traveler.