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October 22, 2018

Road congestion costs U.S. trucking industry over $74 billion annually

According to research released by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) traffic congestion on the U.S. National Highway System (NHS) added nearly $74.5 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2016, a 0.5 percent increase over 2015.

In this latest Cost of Congestion analysis, ATRI utilized a variety of data sources including its unique truck GPS database to calculate delay on just the NHS totaling nearly 1.2 billion hours of lost productivity. This equates to 425,533 commercial truck drivers sitting idle for a working year.

Moreover, congestion costs are increasingly concentrated on a relatively small proportion of the NHS - 86.7 percent of total nationwide congestion costs occurred on just 17.2 percent of NHS segment miles.

These NHS segments are characterized as having above-average costs in excess of $155,000 per mile during 2016, and are predominantly located in densely populated urban areas. As expected, traffic congestion tended to be most severe in urban areas, with more than 91 percent of the total congestion costs generating from metropolitan areas.

A copy of the report is available from ATRI's website.

Source: ATRI