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We’re Choosing to Spend Hours Stuck in Traffic!

5 March 2013

23aThe average city commuter spends about 38 hours each year stuck in traffic on their way to work. The wasted time isn’t even the worst part of getting stuck in traffic. Texas A&M’s annual mobility study found that this traffic congestion causes urban commuters to buy an extra 2.9 billion gallons of fuel, which adds up to 56 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emitted into our atmosphere! Of course all of this carbon and wasted time isn’t necessary and easily avoidable, just get out of your car and take another way to work!

Bike: The Twin Cities area has invested in hundreds of miles of on and off street bike trails. Use them, and have a refreshing and fun commute to work. If you don’t have your own bike, sign up for Nice Ride.

Public Transit: Yes sometimes it involves a couple minutes of waiting, but being able to read the newspaper and do a crossword while passing everyone in the carpool lane makes up for it! You get to relax while the driver does the hard work! Check out the  Metro Transit website to find the bus that works best for your route. 

If your work is not on a bus route or unreachable by bike- try carpooling with Rideshare (metro Transit’s carpooling service) or investing in a fuel efficient car, to reduce emissions and money you spend on gas.

Source: The Atlantic



Check out this map that shows the average commute time in most zip codes around the country. The average commute time is 25.4 minutes.


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