Survey says S.F. traffic worse than San Jose

Travelers in the San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan area are delayed an average of 60 hours a year by traffic congestion while those in

the San Jose area are delayed an average of 54 hours, according to a new survey released today.

The annual Urban Mobility Report released by the Texas Transportation Institute is based on data from 2005, the most recent year

that complete U.S. traffic and roadway statistics are available.

“There is no 'magic' technology or solution on the horizon because there is no single cause of congestion. The good news is that there are

multiple strategies involving traffic operations and public transit available right now that if applied together, can lessen this problem,'' report

co-author Tim Lomax said.

The Los Angeles area remains the most congested in the country with an average annual delay of 72 hours per traveler, according to the

report, which is the only report of its type to measure traffic congestion on a national level.

San Francisco-Oakland travelers waste an average of 47 gallons of fuel per year because of traffic congestion while San Jose travelers waste

and average of 38 gallons. The report also found that San Francisco-Oakland has 8 hours a day that can be considered “rush hour'' while San Jose has 7.8 hours a day.

The full report is available at http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/report/.

— Bay City News

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