Daily workers driving into Washington D.C. have the worst commute in the country. The Free Lance Star reported on Friday that “the D.C. area beat out such congestion hotbeds as New York City, Los Angeles and Boston”. This information was released by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute in the recent Urban Mobility Report.
The report states that commuters in the D.C. metro area “wastes about 67 hours a year stuck in traffic, the worst in the nation.” The paper goes on to show previous year’s results including the facts that the D.C. area has “topped this category the past four years, and has been in the top three every year since 1991.”
The report goes on to say that area commuters also “waste the most fuel and spend the most because of congestion and the I-95 congestion sends more excess carbon dioxide into the air than any other major metropolitan area.”
When asked about the Northern Virginia traffic, Faith Sexton, simply replies “it stinks.” Sexton describes that the best way to commute “is on a vanpool since driving your own car is not economical and public transit is not reliable.” She goes on to say that commuters “can’t wait for the I-95 extension of the HOV lanes to be finished.”