Commuting and Traffic Congestion Fast Facts

Time wasted in gridlock is costly:

  • Because of congestion, the average metro Atlanta driver annually wastes 20 gallons of gas – giving the region the twelfth most wasteful commute in the country. (2011 Texas Transportation Institute Mobility Report)
  • According to the Texas Transportation Institute’s Urban Mobility 2010 study, the average metro Atlanta commuter wastes an average of 43 hours a year stuck in traffic.
    • The 43 wasted hours are in addition to “normal” commuting time.
    • This gridlock costs Atlanta commuters almost $3 billion in time and fuel—roughly $924 per commuter, per year.

Lengthy commutes cost money and health:

  • With an average commute distance of 35 miles in metro Atlanta, individuals that commute alone spend approximately $16.45 per day, $362 per month for their transportation to and from the office. (Based on AAA's 2012 national average cost per mile of 47 cents per mile for operating and ownership costs, when a vehicle is driven 15,000 miles/year.)
  • People who live in cities— with a mix of housing, offices and retail space — are 2.4 times more likely to get the amount of physical activity recommended by the federal government than their suburban neighbors. (SMARTRAQ study funded by the CDC, GDOT, and GRTA - January 2007)

Metro Atlanta’s driving habits:

  • Of all metro Atlanta commute trips in a week, 82 percent are driven alone, and the average one-way travel time for metro Atlanta commuters is 30 minutes. (2010 Regional Commuter Survey, Center for Transportation and the Environment on behalf of Georgia Dept. of Transportation)
  • Metro Atlanta experiences 5 hours of "rush hour" per day. (2011 Texas Transportation Institute Mobility Report)

Teleworking trends:

  • More than 600,000 metro Atlantans telework on at least an occasional basis. Of those, more than 56 percent telework at least one day a week. (2010 Regional Commuter Survey, Center for Transportation and the Environment on behalf of Georgia Dept. of Transportation)
  • Since 2007, the percentage of frequent teleworkers has increased by 75 percent,with seven percent of all commuters now teleworking at least three days a week. (2010 Regional Commuter Survey, Center for Transportation and the Environment on behalf of Georgia Dept. of Transportation)