Rochester consistently ranks highly for having short commutes and rush hours that would make commuters in other cities weep with joy. The average commute in the Flower City is about 20 minutes.
But short commutes don’t necessarily equate to efficient commutes, according to the annual Urban Mobility Report put out by Texas A&M Transportation Institute. While Rochester tops best commute lists, out of 101 metros, it ranks in the middle of the pack for excess fuel consumed (60), commuter stress (63) and delays (63).
Consider these findings for Rochester commuters in 2011:
- Rush hour travelers burned through an extra 6,719,000 gallons of fuel being stuck in traffic, or 13 gallons per commuter.
- Rush hour travelers sat a combined 14,850,000 hours in traffic, or 28 hours per commuter.
- We released an extra 134 million pounds of CO2, or 257 pounds per commuter.
- Traffic delays cost us a combined $309 million, or $590 per commuter.
The data shows since 1991, Rochester rush hour commuters have doubled the amount of fuel wasted and excess CO2 emitted.
Rochester’s 20 minute commutes may be tops in the country. But some of those minutes are clearly wasted time and fuel.
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