San Antonio commuters in 2012 wasted 12.4 hours stuck in gridlock traffic, according to a new report by Inrix, the international traffic information company.
That puts San Antonio at the 34th worst city in the nation for traffic congestion.
Inrix stresses that the 12.4 hours is not the time motorists spent commuting in general last year. That is simply the amount of extra time that we wasted because traffic was stopped on the highway.
But the real story from the Inrix report is Austin. The Capital City now has the fourth worst traffic congestion in the country. Austin congestion is worse that New York City, and trails only Los Angeles, Honolulu, and San Francisco when it come sto time spent wasted in highway congestions.
Inrix says traffic around the country is getting worse because the economy is getting better. Nowhere is that more noticeable than in the comparisons between traffic in the U.S. and in Europe.
While two thirds of U.S. cities experiences increaeed traffic congestion in the first three months of 2013, most cities in Europe, which is in a recession, have seen traffic declines in the same period.
In fact, the coutnries with the biggest declines in traffic have he hgihest rate sof unemployment as they continue to struggle throught he European debt crisis, Inrix ssid.
Austin commuters spent 38 hours, or nearly a full work week, stuck in traffic in 2012, and that figure is up significantly just this year.
Several locations along I-35 in Austin are among the worst stretches of highway in the country for commuters.
The single worst stretches of traffic in America are the Cross Bronx Expressway in New Yrok City, the San Diego Freeway in Los Angeles, and the Santa Monica Freeway, which is Interstate 10, also in L.A. Inrix says it is not uncommon for people who have to commute to work on those freeways routinely take 45 minutes or more to travel two miles during rush hours, and waste sixty hours a week or more stuck in traffic.