Transit Traffic jams worsening in New York and nationally: analysis Cars on a Manhattan street. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt By REBECCA HARSHBARGER email@example.com Updated August 26, 2015 8:45 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The average driver in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut spent almost 75 hours last year stuck in traffic, an analysis found. Tri-state drivers waste far more time in gridlock than the average American, who loses, on average, about 42 hours a year. Only drivers in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco sit in traffic longer, according to researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Motorists in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were first nationally when it comes to wasting gas, truck congestion, and the cost of traffic jams -- before Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. American drivers also set a record by traveling 3 trillion miles in the past year. Congestion is now worse than pre-recession levels, the report found. Congestion is worsening not only due to a strengthening economy but also due to cheaper gas prices and a growing number of people living in cites. Nationally, traffic jams cost drivers an estimated $160 billion last year because of gas and the loss in productivity. More than 3 billion gallons of gas were wasted in congestion, and drivers lost almost 7 billion hours of time. By REBECCA HARSHBARGER firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.