EUGENE, Ore. — Commuters are losing money and spending more time on the road due to the heavy traffic. A study analyzing traffic data ranked Eugene in the top 100 American cities for bad traffic.
When it comes to freeway traffic, Eugene was ranked in the top 70 cities.
According to the study, the average commuter paid an extra $284 in gas because of traffic delays; for large trucks that is equal to an extra $14 million a year.
The traffic not only costs drivers money, but time. The average commuter loses 13 hours a year waiting in traffic.
Transportation planners say that the congestion is a result of the city’s growth.
“What we’re discovering as the city grows up and as our population gets bigger, is there’s more demand on the streets,” said Kurt Yeiter, Senior Transportation Planner.
Eugene Transportation and Planning says there’s no way to completely eliminate traffic but perhaps the best way to alleviate congestion is using alternative transportation.