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Feb 6, 2013

CONGESTIONS COSTS * USA

* Texas - Congestion Costs Trucking $27 Billion Annually, Report Says 

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College Station,TXS,USA -The Washington Post/AP/Fleet Owner -5 Feb 2013: -- Traffic congestion in the largest U.S. cities cost the commercial trucking industry about $27 billion in wasted time and fuel in 2011, according to a report released Tuesday... Congestion cost the total economy $121 billion in wasted time and fuel in 2011, up $1 billion from a year earlier, according to the Texas A and M Transportation Institute’s Urban Mobility Report... Americans wasted an average of $818 each sitting in traffic in 2011... Along with wasted time and fuel, congestion contributed 56 billion pounds of additional carbon dioxide emissions from vehicle idling... The Washington, D.C., area had the worst congestion, the report said. Following that were Los Angeles, San Francisco-Oakland, New York-Newark, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle... The study said Americans burned 2.9 billion gallons of gasoline while sitting in congestion in 2011, a slight improvement over the peak in 2005, when commuters wasted 3.2 billion gallons...

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