A study released today indicates Los Angeles has the worst traffic jams, where the average motorist spends 72 hours per year stuck in traffic.
(Click HERE to read the article.)
Runners-up (are they angrily demanding a recount?) are the Bay Area (CA) and the Washington, D.C. metro area.
72 hours, huh?
That's only three days! If somebody works 220 days per year, that's only about 20 minutes of lost time per day. They can live with that, can't they? Can't they burn up 20 minutes listening to their iPods, or yappin' on their cell phones, or hollerin' at the kids in the back seat?
Frankly, I wonder how the Treasure Vally Drive compares. 'Most every morning and afternoon, I-84 looks a lot like this:
Of course, the poor pathetic motorists won't take any responsibility. They get in their single-occupant vehicles and take their place in the queue... and grouse about how the gummint isn't mitigating their woeful situation. (As if they were forced to live 25 miles from the office, and drive alone, along the same route as used by 60,000 other SOV-drivers.) Jiminy! They're taxpayers, and they deserve 20 traffic lanes!
The TV jingle for the farm/ranch store always comes to mind (to the best of my faltering recollection):
"There's a price you pay, to get away... to live outside the bounds..."
Isn't that big traffic jam what the dude's singing about?