COSTS OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION IS THE HIGHEST IN BOSTON

By Bob Katzen

The INRIX 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard was released and ranked Boston as the most congested city in the U.S. The average Boston driver lost 164 hours to peak traffic in 2018, worth about $2,291 in additional costs based on federal Department of Transportation estimates. Nationally, Americans lost an average of 97 hours a year due to congestion, costing them nearly $87 billion in 2018, an average of $1,348 per driver.

The runner-up was Washington D.C. (155 hours). The top ten included Chicago (138
hours), Seattle (138 hours), New York City (133 hours), Los Angeles (128 hours), Pittsburgh (127 hours), Portland (116 hours), San Francisco (116 hours) and Philadelphia (112 hours).

“Congestion costs Americans billions of dollars each year,” said Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX. “It will continue to have serious consequences for national and local economies, businesses and citizens in the years to come. If we’re to avoid traffic congestion becoming a further drain on our economy, we must invest in intelligent transportation systems to tackle our mobility challenges.
“We didn’t really need a report from INRIX to tell us that congestion is a growing problem in Massachusetts, particularly in Boston,” said Bay State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. “I think our goal is to understand why. Why is congestion worse? Because then for every why, there’s something we can do differently.”

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