By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA
The intersection of Interstate 95 and State Road 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, is the worst truck bottleneck among the nation’s critical commerce corridors, according to a new report from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). Three intersections in Atlanta and two in Los Angeles are also in the top 10 of 100 big rig bottlenecks identified by ATRI. Texas has the most clogged intersections—an unlucky 13—among the 50 states.
“Congestion is a persistent issue for our industry and our company specifically,” Rich McArdle, president of UPS Freight, said in ATRI’s report release. “For UPS, if all of our vehicles are delayed just five minutes a day, every day, it costs our company $114 million a year.”
ATRI estimates the entire U.S. trucking industry loses about $75 billion a year due to congestion. But truckers aren’t the only ones wasting time and money.
According to a congestion scorecard released by traffic management firm INRIX, American motorists last year lost nearly 100 hours getting to their jobs, schools, homes, and other destinations; costing almost $90 billion, or an average of $1,348 per driver. INRIX ranked Boston and Washington, D.C., as the nation’s first and second most congested cities, respectively, the same spot each occupied in 2017. Chicago climbed to third from fifth place, and New York City dropped to fourth from third place.
“We need to make strategic infrastructure investments, particularly on the nation’s 66,000-mile National Highway Freight Network,” said ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black. “Adding new capacity to our Interstates and their connectors to our ports, rail hubs, airports and inland waterways would certainly help break the traffic gridlock and get America moving again.”