Charlotte Talks: Charlotteans Spend 57 Hours A Year In Traffic. Can Anything Fix The Gridlock?

Oct 28, 2019

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

Everyone’s favorite topic: traffic! It’s bad and getting worse. Can we do anything to fix it?  A closer look.

This show originally aired Aug. 26, 2019.

Does this view look familiar? Traffic merging onto I-77 in Charlotte.
Credit WFAE/Erin Keever

If traffic seems heavier than it used to – you’re not imagining things – it’s bad and getting worse. 

A recent urban mobility report from Texas A&M Transportation Institue found we waste about 57 hours a year sitting in Charlotte traffic at a cost to each of us of around $1200.

It’s the result of low unemployment, and newcomers moving here at about 100 per day and bringing their cars. Charlotte’s roads simply haven’t kept pace with growth. Nor could they.

Liz Babson and Taiwo Jaiyeoba.
Credit Jennifer Worsham/WFAE

Are we doomed to spend our lives stuck in traffic? And what causes some of these unpredictable backups? Answers to those questions and more.


Taiwo Jaiyeoba, Assistant City Manager and Planning Director, City of Charlotte

Liz Babson, Director, Charlotte Department of Transportation

Bill Eisele, Senior Research Engineer, Texas A&M Transportation Institute. He is co-author of the Institute’s Urban Moibility Report