A Strong U.S. Economy Means Traffic Jams And Commuter Headaches

Traffic and the US EconomyIf you have to commute on a major highway or interstate every morning you have probably noticed an increase in traffic over the last few years, that’s because the U.S. economy has been improving.

According to Yahoo Finance, as the U.S. economy improves, the U.S. dollar strengthens, and gas prices fall, more drivers are taking to the roadways and that means more congesting.

The publication notes that Washington, D.C. drivers suffer the most with an average of 82 hours a year to rush-hour slowdowns.

The report comes from Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc., which analyzes traffic data. The study found that American motorists are stuck in traffic about 5 percent more than they were in 2007, the pre-recession peak.

Researchers found that four out of five cities have now surpassed their 2007 congestion.

Rounding out the Top 10 worst commuting cities are San Jose, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Houston and Riverside-San Bernardino.

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Other factors for more congestion included urban populations with lower fuel prices, which is causing more drivers to become stuck in city traffic.

Congestion increased in 61 of the nation’s 101 largest cities from 2012 to 2013, the data showed. The following year, nearly all cities — 95 out of 101 — experienced greater congestion.

When it comes down to it I’m pretty sure most American’s would rather be stuck in more traffic knowing they have a job, so at least there is some good news.