NYC congestion second only to LA
New Yorkers, get out of your cars.
The metropolitan region is the second most traffic congested area in the country, just behind Los Angeles, according to a study released yesterday by the Texas Transportation Institute.
Traffic delayed the average driver a total of 44 hours a year in 2007, way up from a decade ago.
Still, high gas prices caused congestion to fall slightly from the year before, and no other city saves as much time by taking subways and buses. Public transportation spared commuters a total of 319 million hours in traffic a day, the study found.
There is a way to reduce congestion invest in public transportation, said Veronica Vanterpool of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, an advocacy group. If you have a strong transit system, people will leave their cars at home.