The Cost of Congestion
Traffic congestion leads to more problems than just traffic jams. Traffic congestion creates a ripple effect that impacts nearly every aspect of our lives, whether we drive or not. Where we live, where we work, where we shop and where we play—all are affected by traffic congestion in more ways than we realize:
- Increased stress and pollution that affect our health and environment.
- Increased fuel consumption and vehicle wear and tear that affect our finances.
- Increased costs of goods and services due to increased fuel usage and delivery times.
- Increased collisions, injury, law suits and insurance rates.
- Decreased time to spend time with family and friends, or at work, etc.
- Decreased emergency response times that can mean the difference between life and death.
It’s simple: More time on the highway means less time with family and friends. Extra time on the road isn't just a drain on our patience; it's a drain on our wallets and our health. And gridlock, left unchecked, chokes the environment, our economy and our quality of life.
Texas leadership, the Transportation Commission and TxDOT are committed to addressing this serious issue. Bookmark this site to stay informed and contact us to give your feedback. We'd like to know how you help reduce congestion and to get involved.