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Too Much Seat Time

Californians are spending a lot more time sitting in traffic.

The Texas Transportation Institute´s annual survey of 75 urban areas across the U.S. finds rush hour traffic conditions are lasting longer and are more widespread.

Statistics show the average urban motorist in 2000 spent a total of 62 hours sitting behind the wheel during that year – compared to 16 hours in 1982.

Rush-hour drivers in Los Angeles spent the equivalent of more than three 40-hour work weeks sitting in traffic, while those in San Francisco spent more than two work weeks´ worth of time in congestion.

The study also finds that over half of the major roads in the surveyed areas are crowded during rush hour, compared to a third in 1982. The national cost in wasted time and gas is estimated to be $68-billion a year.