How I Used to Sit Idly for 34 Hours

According to the 2010 Urban Mobility Report published by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University, Americans should expect longer and longer commutes.

Well, duh.

The institute examined traffic congestion in 439 urban areas to deliver this unsurprising news flash.

Here are a couple of particularly annoying stats, though:

— Congested roads cost the average commuter $808 in 2009, up from $351 in 1982 (when adjusted for inflation).

— The average commuter spent about 34 hours sitting idly in their car in 2009 — nearly a day and a half.

One reason I opted for my own home business after the Big Corporate Heave-Ho was because I’d spent at least two hours driving to and from the job every day for 15 years.

My own business meant more productive hours spent outside the car, both working and leisure.

I hope you’re not spending a lot of your time doing the commuter thing. Because if you are, it’s only gonna get worse.

Of course, it doesn’t have to.

Hope you’ll join me.

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