By: Gokul Menon January, 02, 2020
The data published by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) reveals a staggering increase in annual congestion costs in multiple cities of the country. San Francisco and Los Angeles lead the way in this respect and lays emphasis on the amount of congestion in the state of California. This study, conducted by the USDOT, takes into account multiple factors that add to an auto commuter’s congestion cost. Some of these include:
The list also includes safety costs, which cannot be quantified.
It is noteworthy that five out of the top 10 cities are in California. It is the most populous state in the country, with around 39 million people, according to the census data of 2018. Congestion costs are not as visible as fuel prices or the rate of carbon emission. This could be classified under “hidden costs,'' which a resident can face in the cities mentioned above.
Gokul works as a writer at Gavop. He holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Hyderabad and a Bachelor’s in English from Madras Christian College. He has been a part of a couple of theatre groups, like Masquerade Youth Theatre and Theatre No. 59 and enjoyed being a part of Literary and Debating circles in Chennai. Gokul is an avid reader and has presented a few academic papers. He spends more time on Goodreads, than on any other social media platform.