U.S. commuters spend about 42 hours a year stuck in traffic jams

August 26, 2015 7:05 AM

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U.S. commuters spend about 42 hours a year stuck in traffic jams

SAN ANTONIO A strong economy and cheap gas have put more motorists on U.S. roads, leading to the worst-ever traffic congestion and forcing the average urban commuter to waste about 42 hours a year stuck in traffic jams, a report released on Wednesday said.

The Texas Transportation Institute report estimates U.S. highway congestion costs $160 billion a year, including from lost productivity, gas burned while idling in traffic and additional wear and tear on vehicles.

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