Externalities of Driving -- Traffic Congestion
- This study may have already been posted. However, someone suggested the
cost of $15/gallon for fuel would exceed the cost of externalities
associated with too much driving.
$8 billion in fuel alone -- to say nothing about the health effects of
pollution from idle engines, the costs of building more freeway capacity,
and the cost of people having to wait hours in traffic, and the costs
associated with rising temperatures to cities, states and countries.
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US Traffic Delays Cost $8 Billion in Wasted Fuel
U.S. traffic delays cost motorists an estimated $8 billion in wasted
researchers said Tuesday. A study of 75 metropolitan areas by the Texas
Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University affirmed previous
showing that traffic congestion continues to worsen nationwide despite
construction, mass transit alternatives and other steps to ease delays.
The researchers, analyzing the latest available state and federal traffic
figures from 2001, estimated that motorists spent 3.5 billion hours in
traffic. About half of the delays were caused by accidents, vehicle
breakdowns, weather and construction.
The worst cities for traffic continue to be Los Angeles, Chicago, San
Francisco, and New York. Some cities that have experienced noticeable
in highway congestion include Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Phoenix, and
The study found that 5.7 billion gallons of fuel were wasted because of
congestion, which is enough gasoline to fill 570,000 tanker trucks and
them end-to-end from New York to Las Vegas and back again, the
The average driver wasted about 42 gallons of fuel because of traffic
congestion, up 1 gallon from 2000. The average price of gasoline
is currently $1.64 per gallon, up 21 cents from the 2001 average.
Source: Reuters News Service, 1 October 2003
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