4

Transpo Institute's Study Says Dallas-Area Drivers Actually Better Off Now Than in '07

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

At the stroke of midnight this morning, the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M released its annual Urban Mobility Report, which promises a look at "the most accurate picture yet of traffic congestion in the 439 U.S. urban areas." Long story short, after two years of slight declines in the number of people on the road and the hours spent idling on the road to nowhere, "Economic recovery bringing renewed congestion growth."

Thing is, compared to the '07 report, things have actually improved in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington: Back then, area drivers were delayed by congestion 58 hours per year, which put us fifth on the list; now we're only wasting 48 hours behind the wheel annually, which drops the DFWA down to seventh behind such cities as Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Houston. And we're wasting less gas now -- 38 gallons annually, as opposed to 40 in '07. Also: A trip that should take 20 minutes actually takes about 24 -- we shaved two minutes off that number in a little more than three years.

That's but a wee bit of the info available: Here you'll find all seven pages of the DFWA data -- from fuel costs to an inventory of arterial streets. Read it on your drive to work this morning.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.