Every year, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute releases their Urban Mobility Scorecard, which fully analyzes congestion and traffic in cities all over the U.S.
According to this year’s report, congestion caused Americans living in urban areas to travel an extra 6.9 billion hours and purchase an extra 3.1 billion gallons of gas for a total congestion cost of $160 billion. And now, with the nation’s economy having regained nearly all of the 9 million jobs lost during the recession, congestion has not only reached levels seen prior to the economic downturn, but has now officially exceeded them.
So what does this mean for those of us living in Honolulu?
Well, as you might already know, traffic in and around the Honolulu area can be pretty hectic to say the least. But now having the benefit of seeing actual numbers and a full analysis, the traffic and congestion problem here might just be a bit worse than many of us thought.
Taking a closer look at traffic and congestion in medium sized cities with between 500,000 and 1 million people shows Honolulu ranking as the country’s No. 1 congested city of its size, with commuters spending an extra 50 hours in traffic every year. Furthermore, the report also found that locals in Honolulu waste roughly 26 gallons of fuel a year because of traffic, bringing the total congestion cost per commuter to $1,125.
For some perspective, the average number of hours spent in traffic for commuters in medium sized cities is only 37 hours, while the average amount of fuel wasted was recorded at 18 gallons.
So if you’re in the market for a new home or condo in Honolulu, taking location into consideration may just be more critical than ever, ensuring you’re cutting down on your commute to places you frequent as much as humanly possible. Because aside from the extra $1,125 congestion may cost you, who wants to spend 50 additional hours in traffic?