Souls Crushed On The Commute, Ctd

May 10 2011 @ 9:47am

James D. Schwartz breaks some more bad news:

500 hours a year – or 2 hours each day – is roughly the equivalent to what the average American worker will work in order to pay for their cars (the average is between 1.46 hour/day and 2.22 hours/day depending on which data is used). This is a substantial amount of time and cost in order to have the “freedom”, or as I like to call it “imprisonment” of automobile ownership.

Lloyd Alter checks Schwartz's math. The Economist exposes the underlying infrastructure problem:

The system is awash with perverse incentives. A state using road-pricing to limit travel and congestion would be punished for its efforts with reduced funding, whereas one that built highways it could not afford to maintain would receive a larger allocation.