Study: Bad Roads Cost Texans $25 Billion A Year
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – All drivers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have to contend with traffic and sometime bone-jarring stretches of road. But, most probably don’t think about the costs of all that — unless their livelihood depends upon it.
Brent Russell’s pest control business, Tarrant County Pest Control is a one man, one truck operation. He has to hustle from one job to another. And he’s learned there’s one pest he can’t control.
“The Lord has blessed me with a lot of really great things, but the traffic in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is definitely not one of them,” Russell laughed.
A study released by the non-profit group TRIP proves there’s a heavy price to pay for pesky traffic.
Lost productivity, increased car maintenance and fuel costs add up to more than $25 billion a year statewide, according to the report entitled Texas Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility. It states the north Texas road conditions cost more than $1,700 per D-FW driver lost every year.
“$1700? That’s a lot of money,” Russell said when asked if he’d like to save that amount every year. “That would make a big difference.”
And the study shows the average driver spends 45 hours a year in traffic. That’s a whole work week and five hours of overtime.
The study finds stated half of DFW roads are in poor or mediocre condition and they take a toll on our vehicles.
Local transportation experts say the solution is to spend more money, more efficiently, on roads.
“There’s no comparison that we’re even coming close to keeping up with demand and it’s because of the cost,” said Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes who also serves with the Tarrant Regional Transportation Commission. “There has got to be a better way to fund transportation than there is today.”
Russell’s solution is more straight forward — he doesn’t go to any job before nine a.m. or after three p.m. just to avoid the costly traffic.
“To sit in traffic for an hour trying to get to a job, it’s very frustrating,” Russell said. “It wastes gas and it’s maintenance on the truck.”
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