Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News
Traffic congestion in the largest U.S. cities cost the commercial trucking industry about $27 billion in wasted time and fuel in 2011, according to a report released Tuesday.
Congestion cost the total economy $121 billion in wasted time and fuel in 2011, up $1 billion from a year earlier, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Urban Mobility Report, the Associated Press reported.
Americans wasted an average of $818 each sitting in traffic in 2011, AP reported, citing the study.
Along with wasted time and fuel, congestion contributed 56 billion pounds of additional carbon dioxide emissions from vehicle idling, Bloomberg News reported, citing the study.
The Washington, D.C., area had the worst congestion, the report said. Following that were Los Angeles, San Francisco-Oakland, New York-Newark, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle.