Report: Boston Has 5th-Worst Traffic Congestion In U.S.



BOSTON — Boston is the fifth-worst metropolitan area in the country for traffic congestion, with the average driver wasting 53 hours a year stuck in delays, according to a new report.

The 2011 figure, however, is down from a peak of 64 hours in 2005.

The Urban Mobility Report, published annually by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, also finds that the average Boston-area driver wastes about $1,100 a year in gas while stuck in traffic.

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey said it will take new approaches to reduce congestion.

“Working with employers to have non-traditional workdays, to be able to commute, or telecommute, from home,” he said. “I think those are the kinds of things we have to think about because we’re not building any more superhighways in the state.”

He added that the state may consider making drivers pay more during peak travel times.

“That’s been done in other cities, particularly in Europe, to great success where traffic has been reduced.”

The report finds that Washington, D.C., has the worst congestion, followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco-Oakland and New York-Newark.

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  • billy

    As a college student in Boston who often visits home through the Newark airport. I can attest to the awfulness!!

  • Thomas

    Mr. Davey could also work harder at fixing the financial mess that is the MBTA, followed by improved service reliability and quality. If he could actually do this, people might have an incentive to take commuter rail/subway/bus to work instead of driving. And more people using the system would probably help them turn a profit too.

    • Jamal

      Unfair to blame one person for the state of the oldest public transportation system in the country. It’s outdated and crumbling but that can’t be fixed with the system currently in place. Until this country as a whole decides to make a sizable and considerable investment in infrastructure we’re stuck with what we’ve got.

  • Mike

    Making people pay more during peak travel times when they most likely don’t have a choice to be traveling at that time….that’s helpful.

  • J. Ferreira

    And, as a result, we have one of the lowest traffic fatalities rates. We get into more fender-benders than anywhere but we can’t get up to speeds that are fatal. I suppose that’s an odd sort of benefit…

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