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Up in smoke

By gbrownlee ·
I'm not referring to the Cheech and Chong cult classic movie here.

I was at the dentist yesterday and while waiting I read the Canadian edition of Time magazine. The only thing Canadian about it was the advertising and measurements were in metric.

The point of this post though is something I read.

It stated that the average U.S. motorist spends 46 hours a year in traffic jams and 21.6 billion liters of gas is wasted while idling in these traffic jams. For you non metric types, there are 3.78 liters in a U.S. gallon.

Although I haven't lived in a city for 25 years, I think it safe to assume this problem plagues all industrialized nations.

So there we have it, a finite resource...up in smoke!


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I'm not the average

by JamesRL In reply to Up in smoke

I drive 2 hours a day - one each way, and I expect that 40 mins a day is spent either idling or driving very slowly. So for me it would be more like 200 hours a year(not counting some of the miscellaneous jams i get into outside oft he work commute). And I will never get them back. If transit were an option I would take it. I did use commuter rail when I had a job downtown.

Many major cities are experiencing growth, but it seems the transit infrastructure is not keeping pace. So we contend with smog and traffic problems and lost productivity.


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