Last Updated on July 31st, 2017
Austin is notoriously known for its terrible rush hour traffic.Â Statistics show that aÂ rush hour trip, on a national levelÂ it would take 25% longer than in a normal time, however, in Austin, it would take 29% longer.
This percentage of time wasted leads to moreÂ expensive resources being wasted asÂ well.Â Â In the Austin area, the work force lostÂ 22.8 million hours and wasted 15.6 million gallons of fuel.Â This is at a time whereÂ traffic congestion is actually decreasing due to the economy and gas prices.
Many believe that the government should spend a significant amount of moneyÂ on decreasing suchÂ wastefulness by improving the road and transitÂ transportation and increasing technology to allow emergency officials to respond and clearÂ the roadways quicker.Â Other ways to continue to decrease congestion is by adding more outlying roads, such as toll roads.
Austin has recently opened 70 miles of toll roads and hopefullyÂ will continue to take steps in decreasing traffic congestion in order to reduce wasting valuable resources.