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Traffic jams up on the Kennedy Expressway leaving the city for the Memorial Day weekend on May 23, 2014, in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Traffic jams up on the Kennedy Expressway leaving the city for the Memorial Day weekend on May 23, 2014, in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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The average American commute ticked up to 26.9 minutes in 2017 from 26.6 minutes the year before, according to new data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. All told, that means U.S. commuters spent an extra 2.5 hours on the road last year.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks about the reasons for increasing commute times with Sam Schwartz (@GridlockSam), a traffic engineer and former New York City traffic commissioner.

This segment aired on September 20, 2018.

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