That is such a sad number.
Seriously: according to a new study, road congestion wastes 1.9 billion gallons of gas.
To put that in perspective, we pay about $4 per gallon for gasoline in this country, and we're wasting 1.9 billion gallons of it annually in traffic jams.
That's why Obama has a plan to upgrade and expand America's transportation infrastructure in fiscal year 2013 — but it's being met with Republican opposition. Probably just because they're in a different party, without actually stopping to think that a Democrat can have a good idea once in a while too.
Here are more report findings:
•An annual investment of $85 billion over the next 20 years would be required, according to the Department of Transportation, "to bring existing highways and bridges into a state of good repair."
•For 90% of Americans, the report says, transportation costs absorb $1 of every $7 of income.
The average American family spends more than $7,600 annually on transportation — more than it spends on food and twice what it spends on out-of-pocket health care costs, according to the report.
•During the past 15 years, there was a sharp increase in transit system ridership from nearly 8 billion in 1996 to 10.4 billion in 2011.
A main factor in the growth was increased ridership in heavy and light rail, which had a combined ridership growth of more than 70%.
•America invests less in transportation infrastructure than other countries.
That shizz cray!
Why WOULDN'T we be doing something about this??
If everyone wants to keep their cars, we have to!!
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