Transportation report reveals congestion costing drivers money
BATON ROUGE – CRISIS, the Baton Rouge coalition for transportation improvements, released a report on the city's transportation infrastructure that reveals traffic is costing drivers on average more than $1,000 on gas due to congestion and an additional $700 in car repairs and maintenance due to poor roads.
The report states:
Our road congestion and condition are costing us money.
- According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute report, commuters waste 25 gallons of fuel and spend an average of $1,262 per year due to traffic congestion. The trucking industry is expected to spend an additional $189 million annually due to local congestion.
- According to the 2015 report by TRIP, poor road conditions cost local drivers an average of $705 annually in additional repairs and maintenance. Our response is helping but the problem isn’t going away.
- Congestion remains despite the Green Light Plan, a $700 million capacity-building effort by East Baton Rouge Parish under way since 2006. The plan identified 45 projects of various scales for completion by 2030, with 70% of the projects completed or currently under way.
Our critical corridors are congested and in need of repair.
- Traffic volumes have increased from 76,000 vehicles per day in 1998 to 106,000 per day in 2013 on the I-10 bridge over the Mississippi River. At the same time, TRIP reports that Baton Rouge has the 11th worst road conditions in the country, with 38% of its major roads in “poor” condition compared to a national average of 28%.
- According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Baton Rouge has a peak-period planning time index of 2.8, travelers must plan approximately 28 minutes to complete what should normally be a 10-minute trip, due to the unpredictability of traffic conditions.
The report includes research and analysis related to five areas of study:
Infrastructure Performance: The condition and effectiveness of existing roads, bridges, and transportation infrastructure
Land Use and Urban Form: The organization and distribution of the built environment
Resilience and Preparedness: The mitigation of threats to critical infrastructure and emergency response
Travel Options: The provision of transit service, regional bicycle infrastructure, and demand-based solutions
Regional Competitiveness: The Capital Region's ability to attract and retain a competitive workforce
The report also includes feedback that was gathered from a Strategic Mobility Forum that was held on Oct. 7.
Points of feedback from the forum included:
Infrastructure performance ranked as the highest priority among all groups surveyed
· 92 percent of participants said that increased transportation funding was "absolutely necessary" for the region to be successful
· A new bridge over the Mississippi River was the most frequent transportation project or initiative requested
· Increasing transit options was another popular suggestion, as 100 percent of participants rated regional travel options as poor
Download the full report here.
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