For all you pro-commute types.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Los Angeles metropolitan area led the nation in traffic jams in 2005, with rush-hour drivers spending an extra 72 hours a year on average stuck in traffic, according to a study released on Tuesday.

The metropolitan areas of San Francisco-0akland, Washington, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland, and Atlanta were tied for the second most gridlocked areas, according to the study by the Texas Transportation Institute.

Drivers in those three areas spent an extra 60 hours on average during peak periods, defined as 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the study found.

But drivers in other regions around the country were not much luckier. The report ( found traffic gridlock worsened in all 437 large, medium and small urban centers in 2005.

"What causes congestion? In a word, 'you.' Most of the Mojave Desert is not congested," wrote report authors David Schrank, associate research scientist, and Tim Lomax, research engineer.

The Texas Transportation Institute is an arm of the Texas A&M University System in College Station, Texas.

In the last 20 years, travel has increased by 105 percent in metropolitan areas but road capacity -- measured by freeways and major thoroughfares -- has only risen 45 percent.

Travel by public transportation in 85 urban areas climbed 30 percent in the past two decades.

The study found that drivers in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, area had average delays of 58 hours.

San Diego drivers faced an average delay of 57 hours, and Houston drivers had an average delay of 56 hours. Detroit was in a three-way tie with San Jose, California, and Orlando, with average delays of 54 hours, according to the report.

Traffic forced U.S. urban dwellers to travel 4.2 billion hours more and buy an extra 2.9 billion gallons of fuel in 2005, for a total cost of $78 billion, the study said.

That worked out to 220 million more hours and 140 million more gallons of fuel than in 2004, with the total cost rising $5 billion.

Solving the problem not only includes focusing on "critical" corridors and easing choke points but making work schedules more flexible and building more areas where people can walk to work, the study said.
I'd take public transportation if it didn't mean getting up around 6am to arrive at my job on time at 10, and not getting home unitl around 9pm. Public transportation in central and southern New Jersey sucks.
Yeah, fuck public transport. That's just an even longer commute. The best is leaving far away jobs to get ones closer to your house, or moving so you are closer to your job.


as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
its faster for me to drive to work, hell i could ride a bike if i wasnt a fat slob... oh and not to mention when i leave work im exhausted from actually working so bike is kind of out of the question. i tried it once, then i realized that it really was both way's up hill


Another girrrrl!!!
I would love to take mass transit, but it would require me to drive to the train station and then take 2 trains, for a total commute time of almost 2 hours to go 28 miles. It really is quicker to drive (45 minutes) and I only hit bad traffic when some fucko decides to rear-end the car in front of him. I am also not a slave to the NJ Transit schedule, either.

Mass transit in NJ is only good if you work in NYC. Otherwise you're pretty much fucked.


Totally unlikeable
I can't take public transportation. I HATE PEOPLE. It seems that the fat guy or the guy reeking of booze snoring always sits next to me. I don't ride the subway. all pieces of shit of every race is on the subway


I have to return some videotapes!
LA and DC are no surprises there!
What really surprised me was Atlanta. I was down there and was 2 hours late for a business meeting because I sat in about 10 miles of nothing. I never thought it was THAT bad down there!

Can't wait for the flying cars!!


There's nothing quite like a shorn scrotum.
I live in Queens and used to commute to Manhattan on the subway, an hour each way. IPod was my friend. A couple of years ago I took a new position and transfered into Queens, on a bad day it's a 20 minute drive, door to door. I likey!

Kris_LTRMa's Ma
Public transportation on Long Island sucks. In some areas there are no bus routes at all and where there are routes, the schedules pretty much are limited.

I'd rather take 35 minutes driving 5 miles to the court house than take public transportation. It's two buses and takes over an hour. To be at work for 9 A.M., I need to take a 7:30 bus and pray that the connecting bus is on time. The connecting bus leaves me a mile from the office which in rainy or snowing weather is a bitch to walk. Oh and let's add the savages and illegal immigrants who ride the bus. Last time I was forced to ride a bus, I was the only English speaking white person on it.

Nope, give me my car and the traffic. I can put on mascara, drink some coffee and listen to the radio while I wait.


Registered User
I live out in the middle of nowhere, not a snowball's chance in hell of public transportation. I drive about 35 miles, and it takes me 30-40 minutes. Then again, I'm going from one hicktown to the next hicktown.