Traffic cost trucking industry $27 billion in fuel, time

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Updated Feb 6, 2013

TrafficExactly how much time and money does your company spend and/or waste in a year due to trucks stopped up in traffic somewhere? 

According to a report from Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute, the industry as a whole shared a burden of about $27 billion in 2011 in time and fuel lost to congestion on the country’s roads and highways. 

The total cost of congestion to the entire U.S. was $121 billion — about $818 per U.S. driver. 

Texas A&M’s report — the Urban Mobility Report — was introduced primarily to offer travelers a gauge of how long it will take them to get from Point A to Point B, called the Planning Time Index. 

It also ranked the nation’s most congested cities. Washington, D.C., topped the list,  followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco-Oakland, New York-Newark and Boston. Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle rounded out the list. 

As the job market improves, the report says, congestion may worsen.

Click here to see the full report.