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Consumer Cost of Transportation

  • The average motorist in the US is losing $377 annually -- $80 billion nationally -- in additional vehicle operating costs as a result of driving on roads in need of repair. Driving on roads in disrepair increases consumer costs by accelerating vehicle deterioration and depreciation, increasing  the frequency of needed maintenance and requiring additional fuel consumption.
    TRIP, Bumpy Roads Ahead: America's Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make our Roads Smoother, October 2013.
  • Americans spend 5.5 billion extra hours of travel time from traffic congestion annually, costing families $120 billion in fuel and lost time, and our businesses $27 billion in extra freight transportation costs.
    United States Department of Transportation, The Economic Importance of Investing in our Infrastructure, 2014.
  • The average household spends 16 cents of every dollar on transportation, and 94% of this goes to buying, maintaining and operating cars, the largest expenditure after housing.
    American Public Transit Association, 2014.
  • In the West Central Florida area, working families spend an average of $10,600 per year, or 33% of their income on transportation – making it one of the most expensive transportation areas in the nation.
    Center for Housing Policy, A Heavy Load, October 2006.
  • In 2003, the combined share of household expenditures spent on transportation and housing for Tampa was 57.7%, the highest of 28 Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
    Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, Driven to Spend, 2005.
  • In a breakdown of all household expenditures for the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area, it was shown that more money is spent on transportation than any other category including shelter, food or health care.
    Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, 2007.
  • The average annual operating costs, financing, depreciation, insurance, licensing and registration for vehicle owner driving 15,000 miles per year is $7,834.
    American Automobile Association, Your Driving Costs 2006.
  • Nationally, for every dollar a working family saves on housing, it spends 77 cents more on transportation.
    Center for Housing Policy, Something’s Gotta Give, 2005.
  • As working families move further from work to afford housing they end up spending as much, or more, on transportation costs than they save on housing.
    Center for Housing Policy, A Heavy Load, 2006.