A new report from the American Transportation Research Institute into congestion on US roadways shows how much that traffic is costing the trucking industry.
According to the ATRI, congestion on the National Highway System cost the trucking industry over $63.4 billion in 2015 alone. That’s a large increase from the year before when the ATRI placed the cost at $49.6 billion.
To arrive at $63.4 billion, the ATRI valued the national average cost per hour to operate a commercial truck at $63.70. Multiply that by the 996 million hours lost to traffic delays, and you have the total cost to the trucking industry.
A total of 996 million hours lost to traffic per year by commercial truck drivers is a huge number. To put that in perspective, that’s the equivalent of 362,243 drivers sitting idle in their trucks all day for a full year.
Naturally, the most severe traffic tended to occur in and around urban areas. According to Fleetowner, the returning champion for worst freight bottleneck in the country was the “Spaghetti Junction” where 285 and 85 meet near Atlanta.
Florida and Texas were the two states with the most severe costs due to traffic. Both states cost the industry over $5 billion each. California came in 3rd place, followed by New York, and all of the top 10 states saw losses of over $2 billion.
Data was collected using multiple sources including the ATRI’s truck GPS database, the Federal Highway Administration’s Freight Analysis Framework, multiple ATRI studies, and more.
If you’d like to view the ATRI’s full report, you can do so by clicking here.