In 2011, we published a blog post entitled,
“What’s a Traffic Jam Worth?” about
how much time Americans spend each year in traffic, the impact on productivity,
budgets and the environment. The study
rated the most congested cities in the US and showed that in 2011, commuters
spent up to 34 hours in traffic each week with escalating travel time and costs
associated with daily commuting continuing to rise each year, according to the
Texas A&M Transportation Institute 2012 Annual Urban Mobility Report.
By 2020, it is estimated that the average
American will spend 41 hours in traffic each week—the equivalent of an entire
As the cost of living goes up each year, families face growing pressure to meet the demands of a busy work
schedule. Many families now have second
and third vehicles. Gas prices and larger
automobiles are common, taxing not only our pay checks, but the environment as
well. For a 20-minute trip, Americans
plan to spend 1 hour in traffic.
Any efforts to reduce travel time by
adjusting the time of day for travel haven’t worked. 40% percent of traffic jams occur mid-day and
overnight. While commuting costs, travel
time and the size of the traffic delays will only continue to get worse, it’s
not all bad news. Many Americans have
discovered ways to proactively use this time in their vehicles to get more done.
Further ways of eliminating traffic need to
be considered such as work from home policies and family friendly working
hours, conferencing calling
and online meetings.
Below you’ll see the data from the 2011 and
2012 mobility reports, which demonstrate how much time from cost consuming
traffic jams are really worth, along with ideas to maintain productivity
throughout this growing trend.
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