Even though roughly the same percentage of the population commutes in Bridgeport-Stamford as in the New Haven and Hartford areas, drivers there will spend five to 10 hours more in traffic a year, according to a report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute .
The “Urban Mobility Scorecard” released Wednesday ranked the Bridgeport-Stamford area as the second-most congested area of its size in the nation. Last year commuters in that area spent 49 hours stuck in traffic compared to Hartford with 45 and New Haven with 40.
For decades, New Haven had longer delays than Hartford, but Hartford pulled ahead in 2006.
As a whole, congestion decreased during the recession, except in Bridgeport-Stamford, where it continued to grow, passing Hartford.
Today traffic in almost all regions is worse than before the 2008 crash, according to the Urban Mobility Scorecard.
Commuters are using more gallons of gas per year while stuck in traffic— more than five times the amount in the ’80s.