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Traffic Costs Tennessee Cities More than $1.1 Billion Annually

Posted by on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in News, Transportation.

Traffic congestion in Tennessee’s four largest cities ranks in the worst half of the nation and costs Tennessee more than $1.1 billion annually, according to a new report gathered by nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee.

Using data from the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, ThinkTennessee found that Nashville drivers spend nearly a full work week (33.6 hours) sitting in traffic and lose an average of $1,308 each year to traffic-related costs. In Memphis, drivers lose almost 22 hours and $872. Traffic costs Chattanooga drivers more than 18 hours and $749.

The cost of sitting in traffic isn’t limited to drivers themselves, though: the city of Nashville (23rd worst) loses an estimated $517 million per year due to factors such as lost time, additional fuel, and higher prices on goods and services. Memphis (55th worst) loses $341 million annually. Congestion in Chattanooga (70th worst) and Knoxville (115th worst) annually costs the cities $115 million and $143 million, respectively. Read more here.

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