WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue February 5, 2013
Louisville Drivers Wasted 26,000 Hours in Traffic in 2011
Drivers in Louisville spent more than 26,000 hours sitting in rush-hour traffc in 2011. That's according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The annual study found Americans spent a total of 5.5 billion hours stuck in traffic.
The report shows each driver in Louisville was delayed a total of 35 hours at a cost of $776 in time and gas in 2011.
The good news: Louisville scored well in the overall rankings at No. 42.
The top 10 most congested cities are Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle.
New to the report this year is the amount of additional carbon dioxide that gets released into the atmosphere because of clogged roads. In 2011, that total was 56 billion pounds of additional carbon dioxide. In Louisville, the total amount was 253 million pounds.