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Houston traffic is time, money suck, study shows

Houstonians lost 74 hours in 2022 in traffic, the INRIX study says.

HOUSTON — Traffic can be the worst. There's nothing like getting stuck in Houston rush hour, which is pretty much all day. The latest report from INRIX has mind-boggling numbers when it comes to how much time we waste in traffic.

Traffic expert Jennifer Reyna broke down the new report.

According to the annual traffic scorecard from INRIX, the typical American lost 51 hours on congested roads in 2022. The number for Houstonians is even higher. We lost 74 hours last year, up from the previous year and almost back to pre-pandemic levels.

Commuting comes at a price. It costs us time, productivity, and gas money. INRIX says traffic costs Houstonians more than $1,200 last year, which is more than the national average. Traffic costs the City of Houston a collective $3.7 billion.

While we have it bad, INRIX says it could be worse. Houston landed at number 9 for the worst congestion in America, down a spot from 2021, though that may have more to do with other cities' traffic getting worse, rather than Houston getting better.

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