ARLINGTON, Va. – Research released today by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) shows that congestion costs on US Interstate highways added more than $9.2 billion in operation costs to the trucking industry last year.
California had the highest state congestion cost ranking in more than $1.7 billion. Next was Texas that came in at more than $1 billion in costs.
To calculate and accumulate their data, ARTI used billions of anonymous truck GPS data points on each mile of Interstate highway. The delay totaled more than 140 million hours of lost productivity – the equivalent of more than 51,000 truckers sitting idle for one working year.
“Congestion is an unfortunate byproduct of our just-in-time economy, and it’s a significant roadblock to our country’s productivity as well as its global competitiveness,” said Jack Holmes, president of UPS Freight. “ATRI’s analysis quantifies congestion in a way that clearly shows the urgent need for highway investment.”