It's Not You. Traffic Has Gotten Worse Since The Great Recession With the recession coming to an end, and more people going back to work, more people are hitting the road. A new report from the Texas Transportation Institute studies traffic across the U.S.
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It's Not You. Traffic Has Gotten Worse Since The Great Recession

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It's Not You. Traffic Has Gotten Worse Since The Great Recession

It's Not You. Traffic Has Gotten Worse Since The Great Recession

It's Not You. Traffic Has Gotten Worse Since The Great Recession

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With the recession coming to an end, and more people going back to work, more people are hitting the road. A new report from the Texas Transportation Institute studies traffic across the U.S.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And it's not you. The traffic is getting worse.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Yeah, up 5 percent since 2007 before the great recession. Tim Lomax is a research engineer at Texas A&M. He co-authored a new report about traffic delays in American cities.

TIM LOMAX: What we're looking at is the effect of the economic recession coming to an end - prosperity, more jobs, more people - and the transportation network hasn't expanded to keep up with that.

CORNISH: And it's not just commuters in cities like New York and San Francisco. Washington, with about 650,000 people, tops the list.

LOMAX: For the average D.C. auto-commuter, they're wasting 82 hours of extra travel time, so that's like two weeks of vacation.

SHAPIRO: And with those two weeks go some of the money that you could've been spending on mai tais on the beach.

LOMAX: They're also wasting 35 gallons of fuel. If you put a price tag on that, you wind up with a congestion tax, if you will, of $1,830.

CORNISH: Pretty rough for drivers around D.C. But, Ari, they're not the worst.

SHAPIRO: No. The worst stretch of highway is right where you would expect. It can take an hour and a half to go 26 miles on the 101 in Los Angeles.

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