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Sitting in Traffic Costs Commuters $818 a Year

By February 19, 2013

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TrafficJust another reason to start telecommuting: Recent research from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute has found that traffic congestion costs commuters, on average, $818 a year. Not only that, in some cities, traffic keeps you in the car for three hours, when it should only take you thirty minutes.

That most highly congested city topping the list is Washington, DC, followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco-Oakland, New York-Newark, and Boston. (No surprise there.) The report details the growing traffic problems for 498 US urban areas.

Among the findings, besides the time and money toll commuters pay, an estimated 56 billion pounds of CO2 emissions (about 380 pounds per commuter) are polluting the environment as a result of traffic congestion. Telecommuting just one day a week is good for the environment--taking 77,000 cars off the road--and your brain.

If you haven't taken steps to become a telecommuter or find a work-from-home job, check out my guide to getting started.

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