Time for the Traffic

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A new release by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) finds that urban residents are spending more time stuck in traffic than ever before - 34 hours per driver per year, to be exact. In fact, on average, drivers living in one of the nation's 68 largest urban areas need to give themselves 29 percent more time to get from point A to point B when traveling during peak hours. TTI defines "peak" as any period during the day when demand for roadways is higher than normal - often exceeding capacity. Topping the list is Los Angeles, where drivers require an additional 31 seconds during peak travel for every minute it would take them to make the same trip during off-peak time. Corpus Christi, Texas, residents only need an extra 1.8 seconds per minute. The difference between peak and off-peak travel times has grown dramatically since 1982, particularly in urban areas with populations under 3 million. For example, in Indianapolis in 1982, a 10-minute off-peak trip took 10.2 minutes during peak time. In 1997, the same trip took 12.2 minutes.

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