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Stats of our lives: The cost of commuting

The monetary and environmental price tag of sitting in traffic — and more in our collection of surprising facts and figures

Cost to the average American commuter, in wasted fuel and time, of sitting in traffic in 2011

5.5 billion
Extra hours that commuters spend on the road each year due to traffic

56 billion
Extra pounds of carbon dioxide released into the air each year as a result of idling in traffic

Source: The Associated Press