Feb 8, 2024 - News

Dallas-Fort Worth commuters spent 2 hours longer in rush hour in 2023

Average travel time by car, 2023
Data: TomTom; Note: U.S. overall includes average of 80 cities; Chart: Axios Visuals

Drive times in Dallas-Fort Worth have increased since 2021 — but you probably already noticed.

The big picture: Car commutes have largely gotten slower across America since the mid-pandemic era, per new data from mapping and location tech giant TomTom.

By the numbers: It took 19 seconds longer last year to drive 6 miles in the D-FW city centers than it did in 2021.

  • It took an average of 11 minutes and 40 seconds to drive 6 miles in the city centers in 2023.
  • A 6-mile trip took nine minutes and 20 seconds on average across the D-FW metro.

The intrigue: The additional seconds add up. Dallas-area drivers lost an average of 23 hours during rush hour last year, up by two hours and 12 minutes from 2022.

  • Local commuters could save 17 driving hours a year by working from home one day a week, TomTom estimates. That would also equal a $52 savings in gas.

Details: Post-work rush hour is worse than morning commutes, per TomTom's D-FW data.

  • Evening rush hour adds an average of four minutes to a 6-mile trip, compared to a three-minute longer morning commute.
  • The slowest time is between 5-6pm Tuesdays when a 6-mile trip takes 12 minutes and 10 seconds.

Between the lines: Dallas office worker occupancy increased 7% in January compared to the previous year, per the Dallas Morning News.

The bottom line: Hybrid work schedules took employees back to the office just a few days a week after pandemic lockdowns. That has changed.

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