IF THERE'S ONE THING H-Town is known for, it’s definitely the traffic—and we have the evidence to prove it.
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute released its 2021 Urban Mobility Report ranking for the country's worst traffic in 2020, and it’s no surprise that Houston ranked fairly high on the list.
The pandemic was no match for Houston drivers–road rage was at an all-time high, and, according to the study, Houston motorists spent on average 49 hours stuck in traffic in 2020.
The Bayou City ranks No. 3 of 15 large cities for worst traffic, following closely behind disgruntled drivers in Boston, who have an average of 50 hours stuck in traffic, and New York, ranked No. 1, with an average of 56 hours.
Despite what these numbers may show, 49 hours in traffic is actually a drastic decrease from Houston’s 2019 number, which rounded out to an appalling 76 hours wasted sitting in stalled traffic.
Following closely behind Houston in bad traffic is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, with 46 hours in traffic, and San Fransisco-Oakland, also at 46 hours.
But the study doesn’t stop there in letting us know that H-Town is notorious for terrible traffic–the study further states that the congestion in Houston cost the average driver about $1,097 in lost time and gas in 2020, and that’s even with considering a break in traffic due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition, the study also notes that on average, Houston residents spend 169,765 hours in extra time on the road.
If history is any indicator, we can anticipate spending even more time stuck in traffic this year.