26 Mar '12, 2pm

Treasure Department: traffic jams waste 1.9 billion gallons of gas in U.S. each year

Treasure Department: traffic jams waste 1.9 billion gallons of gas in U.S. each year

A car that is sitting still with the engine running is getting zero miles per gallon, no matter how efficient the aerodynamics or how great the hybrid powertrain is. Spread out over the entire U.S., all those zero mile per gallon situations – i.e. traffic jams – means Americans are wasting 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline a year, according to a new Treasury Department report. Another way to look at that is that congested roads cost Americans over $100 billion a year (calculated both as wasted fuel and time). It's not much better in the skies, where Treasury discovered that "more efficient air traffic control systems would save three billion gallons of jet fuel a year." The report (PDF ) is part of President Obama's transportation infrastructure proposal. The report calls the president's plan "bold" and says it, "includes a $50 billion up-front investment connected to a $476...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2012/03/26/treasure-department-...

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