Once again, San Francisco ranks as one of the most congested metropolitan areas in the nation, with local commuters losing 61 hours each year stuck in traffic.
At 67 hours of lost productivity, commuters in the Washington, D.C., metro area were the only motorists in the country who suffered more than San Francisco drivers last year, according to the Texas Transportation Institute, which produces annual congestion reports.
The San Francisco-Oakland metro region consistently ranks among the most congested in the country in such studies. Local commuters can take some solace in the fact that traffic is just as bad in Los Angeles, where drivers also lost 61 hours a year.
Idling away on local freeways can have a significant economic impact for commuters. On average, traffic delays cost drivers $1,300 a year, according to the report. As a whole, the region lost $3.3 million in economic productivity in 2012 as a result of congestion.