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Afternoon Poll: How Do You Deal With the Nation’s Worst Commute?

by Karen Goff August 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm 6 Comments

Traffic on Wiehle Avenue/Credit: Reston 2020We’re trying here in the D.C. Metro area. Public transportation. Ride sharing. Telecommuting.

No matter, we’re still No. 1 — in commuting time.

A new report produced by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) shows drivers waste more than 3 billion gallons of fuel and were stuck in their cars for nearly 7 billion extra hours — 42 hours per rush hour commuter — in the last year.

Washington, D.C. tops the list of gridlocked cities, with 82 hours of delay per commuter, followed by Los Angeles (80 hours), San Francisco (78 hours), New York (74 hours), and San Jose (67 hours).

TTI says the problem has become so bad that drivers in the worst areas have to plan more than twice as much travel time as they would need to arrive on time in light traffic just to account for the effects of irregular delays such as bad weather, collisions, and construction zones. Anyone who has driven I-66 on a rainy day can attest to that.

So how do you deal with your commute? Take our poll and tell us more in the comments.

  • You knowit

    Telecommuting If possible. So the problem is not the.commute but rather the employer/customer. No matter where you live, nation wide. It’s just that the biggest pusscats live in DC.

  • WhoIsJohnGalt

    I drive a Prius like Ken Plum, and then magically everything is easy. Oh thank the heavens he and the government told me how to live my life

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Commuting Hell: one more reason NOT to approve any construction that increases either desks or bedrooms.

    Oh, and keep that rate on the Toll Road high. That way there will be some reduction in land development pressures in That County to the West.

  • Sith

    I sleep on the bus.

  • E Pluribus

    My wife rides the metro and I commute to Dulles everyday. Most of the time I can get to Dulles from Reston faster than it takes me to get the 1 mile down Wiehle to drop her off on my way to/from work.

  • Silverline biker

    Bike to metro, metro into city.


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