Traffic delays in Washington region to cost drivers $29 billion by 2026

Everyone complains about the traffic in the Washington area, and national traffic studies consistently rate the area as one of the most congested in the country. Now a study from Inrix Research puts a dollar figure on traffic congestion.

The Washington area was found to be the third most congested in the nation after Los Angeles and New York. The DC area has more than 6,000 traffic hotspots, areas of reoccurring traffic jams. Traffic jams will cost drivers a staggering $29.2 billion in the next 10 years, the study found. Calculations were based on an earlier Inrix study that found that congestion costs U.S. drivers an average of $1,400 per driver per year, based on time lost, fuel used and extra money paid for goods.

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