Americans stuck in rush-hour traffic — and estimates suggest there are about 110 million of them on any given day — have the economic recovery to thank for their frustration, at least in part.
In a recovering economy, more people need to get to work. And when more people drive, things get congested: The total amount of time that American rush-hour commuters in 2014 spent stuck in traffic was about 6.9 billion hours, up from 6.4 billion in 2010, according to a report from the Texas Transportation Institute, which is part of Texas A&M University. That works out to about 42 hours—essentially a full work week—per commuter per year.
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