If you feel like you’ve been wasting away behind the wheel of your car every morning and evening on your commute to and from work, you are, in fact, correct. Boston is home to the fifth worst traffic in the nation, according to a new study released by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
The Insitutue’s Annual Urban Mobility Report analyzed traffic numbers from 100 cities across the nation, based on 2011 data. The numbers revealed that Bostonians are subjected to the fifth worst traffic jams in the country, coming in behind DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, respectively.
According to the stats, Bostonians waste about two days –or 53 hours – per year in traffic. And in true proof that time is money, all those hours spent idling on the highways amounts to 26 gallons of gas wasted per year, costing each driver about $1,147 annually.
No wonder we’re all Massholes.
As a nation, we spent about five billion hours sitting in traffic in 2011, which translated into 2.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel — enough to fill the New Orleans Superdome (yes, that’s where Super Bowl XLVII was held) four times. We spent $121 billion on wasted gas in 2011.
Before you rush to sell your car though, consider this: what’s worse – driving or taking the T?
After collecting more than 60 weeks of #MBTA Tweets installments, I consider myself an expert in T mishaps. Yes, public transit is cheaper and better for the environment, but ask yourself, are the situations below really worth it to save yourself from Boston’s miserable traffic jams?
Considering the peace and silence of your own automobile, I’d say it’s doubtful.