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February 5, 2013

Traffic congestion costs $121B in time and fuel

  • Americans each wasted an average of $818 sitting in traffic in 2011.
    Associated Press

    AUSTIN, Texas — The nation's commuters are adapting to increasing traffic congestion by building delays into their schedules, but at a cost of $121 billion in wasted time and fuel, according to an annual study of national driving patterns released Tuesday.

    The new report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that Americans wasted an average of $818 each sitting in traffic in 2011. That also meant more carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere.

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