Time will be money, as well as a fresh report shows just how much time as well as money American’s are wasting sitting in their cars as well as trucks.

The total last year was $87 Billion, or $1,348 per driver, according to fresh data analyzed by research firm INRIX. Each year, INRIX issues a Global Traffic Scorecard based on millions of pieces of data coming from connected vehicles, departments of transportation, cellular positioning reports as well as quite a few additional sources.

The picture they paint of congestion within the U.S. in 2018 will be not pretty, especially when in which comes to the excess amount of time we spend behind the wheel slowly working our way to work or some additional destination.

“Traffic will be still actually bad out there,” said Trevor Reed, Transportation Analyst with INRIX.

INRIX ranks Boston, Washington D.C. as well as Chicago as the three worst U.S. cities for congestion in terms of hours lost by drivers annually.

within the Boston area, INRIX calculates drivers lost 164 hours, just under one week, dealing with slow-moving traffic last year. The cost of in which congestion the Boston area in terms of lost productivity came to $4.1 Billion according to the report. INRIX says in which works out to an average “congestion cost” per Boston area driver of $2,291.

The analysis says Washington, D.C. as well as Chicago drivers lost 155 as well as 138 hours respectively due to heavy traffic in 2018. Both are ranked by INRIX as slightly more congested than fresh York City as well as Los Angeles.

“Old cities in which did not develop around cars as well as driving contain the worst congestion,” said Reed.

Reed says cities within the U.S. are not the worst within the earth when in which comes to congestion. in which dubious distinction goes to Moscow, Russia where INRIX says the average driver lost 210 hours to congestion last year. Rounding out the Global Traffic Scorecard list of the a few worst cities within the earth for congestion are Istanbul, Turkey; Bogota, Colombia; Mexico City, Mexico as well as Sao Paulo, Brazil. INRIX ranked Boston #8, the only U.S. city within the report’s top ten for bad traffic worldwide.

While long , slow commutes are not going away, Reed believes cities are working to ease congestion. “Traffic will be unlikely to get better, yet you are starting to see an improvement in options move people with the addition of things like bike lanes or designated routes,” he said.

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