A recently published report from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) states the trucking industry experienced nearly 1.2 billion hours of delay in the National Highway System in the United States in 2016. That is the equivalent of 425,533 truck drivers sitting idle for an entire year.
In terms of dollars, trucking companies lost $74.1 billion in operational costs, a 0.5% increase from 2015. Distributing this cost across the 11.5 million registered large trucks in the U.S. results in an average congestion cost per truck of $6,478.
Some of the causes of the congestion include work zones and construction, e-commerce growth, more trucks on the road, and increase in roadway accidents, and weather.
The top six states that had the largest number of congested roadways were Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois.
ATRI compiled its data largely from truck GPS databases.