If you live anywhere near Chicago or Washington, D.C., this news won't surprise you at all (but let's hope you're not reading this while stuck in traffic): The distinction of having the worst commutes in the nation are shared by these two cities (based on annual delay per auto commuter).
| $115 billion|
the annual cost of congestion in 2009
the cost of congestion in 1982
number of gallons of fuel wasted due to congestion in 2009
cost of congestion to the average commuter in 2009
cost of congestion per commuter in 1982
Acknowledging that there is no "best way" to solve congestion problems, Tim Lomax, a research engineer with TTI, suggests that "the most effective strategy is one where [government] agency actions are complemented by efforts of businesses, manufacturers, commuters and travelers."