Wednesday, September 24, 2008

We Knew Traffic Was Bad

Washingtonians have the second-longest commutes in the nation and spend an average of 33.4 minutes getting to work every day, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Examiner reports that the 2007 survey figures place the region just behind the New York metropolitan area, whose commuters clock in at an average of 34.8 minutes on the way to work. Slightly more than 16 percent of workers surveyed in the Washington area said they spend an hour or more traveling to their jobs, and 13 percent said they spend between 45 minutes and an hour on their morning commutes.

Despite swelling congestion in Washington, the average 33.4-minute commute time has remained static over the past three years, according to the survey, which has been conducted annually only since 2005. The Washington area ranked second to New York last year, as well.

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