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How a Good Economy and Low Gas Prices Can be a Bad Thing

JACKSON, Miss. – Motorist across the country are stuck in traffic 5 percent more than they were before the recession.

According to Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc., the increased traffic is due to low gas prices and a growing economy.

Last year the average american spent 42 hours stuck in traffic. That costs each and every commuter $960 in lost time and fuel.

The study found that 40 percent of all delays occur in overnight and midday hours.

Researchers say if the economy keeps growing, you can expect the annual delay per commuter to grow from 42 to 47 hours.

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