If you think you waste a lot of time stuck in traffic, you're right. A new report says drivers in Dallas-Fort Worth lose nearly three days every year stuck in traffic.
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Report found drivers here spend about 67 hours on congested roads. That's up from 47 hours in 2000.
The study also found North Texas drivers wasted nearly 80 million gallons of fuel on gridlocked roads. That means about 25 gallons per car commuter per year for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The national average? Twenty gallons annually per car commuter.
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington ranked 13th among metro areas nationwide with bad traffic conditions. Houston had the worst traffic in Texas. Drivers there lost about 75 hours in traffic a year. Austin ranks 14th with 66 hours lost.
"The value of investing in our nation’s transportation infrastructure in a strategic and effective manner cannot be overstated as these added costs impact our national productivity, quality of life, economic efficiency and global competitiveness," said Marc Williams, deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, which funds the research.
The 2019 Urban Mobility Report examines transportation conditions in 494 urban areas across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Read the report