Boston’s congestion could cost the city $18.9 billion by 2026. | SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images
HowTraffic Costs Drivers Trillions of Dollars
We live inِ some seriouslyِ polarizing times.
But ifِ there areِ two thingsِ we canِ agree onِ it’s thatِ time isِ money, andِ no oneِ likes beingِ stuck inِ traffic.
But untilِ now, youِ mightِ haveِ never knownِ justِ howِ intertwined theِ two are.
Boston isِ one ofِ the largest cities inِ the country.
And withِ millions ofِ people tryingِ toِ getِ to colleges, sporting events, andِ countless corporate headquarters everyِ day, itsِ highways areِ usually backed upِ atِ allِ hours.
If itsِ infrastructure isn’t improved, thisِ type ofِ congestion couldِ cost theِ city $18.9 billion byِ 2026.
There are 6,596 hot spots in Miami. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Even withoutِ theِ extreme weather thatِ hasِ plagued itِ recently, Miami isِ a tough city toِ getِ aroundِ in.
The city’s 6,596 hot spots affect 2,449,631 people a year, withِ theِ biggest culprit beingِ atِ Exit 12A toِ US-1 onِ Interstate 95 North.
This sea-level city alreadyِ has a lot ofِ infrastructure issues onِ itsِ plate, butِ even ifِ it maintains theِ status quo forِ the nextِ 10 years, itِ couldِ cost theِ city andِ its residents $19.1 billion.
Houston hasِ a lot onِ itsِ plate rightِ now.
About 3,058,004 people areِ affected byِ its awful traffic, whichِ isِ usually caused byِ its 4,417 hot spots.
The biggest bottleneck isِ betweenِ Exit 46A toِ Exit 63 onِ Interstate 45 South.
7. San Francisco
Hurricane Harvey definitely complicated the situation. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Few cities haveِ experienced anِ economic boom inِ the 2010s quiteِ likeِ the San Francisco area.
But withِ theِ explosion ofِ tech jobs cameِ a veryِ real housing crisis andِ anِ overworked infrastructure thatِ wasn’t built toِ handle theِ added traffic.
San Francisco hasِ 2,587 traffic hot spots, withِ theِ worst beingِ on Interstate 80 West atِ Emeryville toِ CA-4.
The largest city inِ the Midwest, Chicago isِ bothِ a vital hub forِ air travel asِ well asِ a crossroads forِ several major interstates.
And itsِ roads areِ busy aroundِ the clock.
The Windy City hasِ 7,719 traffic hot spots, withِ theِ biggest offender beingِ the stretch ofِ Interstate 90 West betweenِ Exits 81A toِ 56B.
San Francisco’s economic boom has caused problems. | kropic/iStock
As theِ sayingِ goes, everythingِ — evenِ the traffic — isِ bigger inِ Texas.
The Inrix study foundِ 3,644,525 people areِ affected byِ traffic stemming fromِ Dallas’ 6,720 hot spots.
If theِ city can’t find a wayِ toِ alleviate thisِ congestion, itِ couldِ cost drivers $28.3 billion overِ the nextِ decade.
So asِ you canِ imagine, thatِ means itsِ infrastructure isِ pretty heavily burdened.
An incredible 3,714,123 people areِ directly affected byِ its awful traffic.
Of theِ city’s 8,554 traffic hot spots, Interstate 285 South atِ Interstate 20 toِ Route 23 stands outِ asِ the worst.
3. Washington, D.C.
The infrastructure problems could cost $28.2 billion by 2026. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
In moreِ ways thanِ one, Washington, D.C., isِ synonymous withِ gridlock.
Just hearing theِ words “the Beltway” willِ strike fear intoِ the hearts ofِ drivers allِ along theِ Eastern Seaboard.
On top ofِ allِ of theِ money problems thatِ plague theِ nation’s capital, thisِ gridlock couldِ cost drivers anِ estimated $29.2 billion overِ the nextِ decade.
2. New York City
When mostِ people thinkِ New York City, theyِ think gridlock, andِ they aren’t wrong.
There areِ anِ astonishing 13,608 hot spots thatِ regularly bottleneck traffic there, withِ theِ worst beingِ Exit 28A onِ the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.
When stuck there, drivers haveِ a great view ofِ the Brooklyn Bridge, butِ that’s theِ onlyِ nice thingِ we canِ say aboutِ it.
1. Los Angeles
If New York isِ a relativelyِ small geographical area that’s addled withِ gridlock, thenِ Los Angeles isِ anِ endless sprawl withِ traffic that’s evenِ worse.
An incredible 11,692,591 people areِ affected byِ traffic inِ the greater LA area, caused byِ 10,385 particularlyِ awful hot spots.
Unsurprisingly, theِ main culprit isِ Interstate 405 North, specifically atِ Exit 43 toِ Exit 21.