Albuquerque, N.M. (KKOB) — The COVID-19 pandemic brought a huge shift in people’s daily lives, including their commutes. Between 2010 and 2019, the percentage of workers who worked from home increased gradually, from 4.3% to 5.7%. But by 2021, the share of workers working at home surged to 17.9%. A recent Gallup poll found, now that people are heading back to work, the average commute time has increased. To determine the metropolitan areas losing the most time in rush hour traffic, researchers at CoPilot analyzed the latest data from TomTom’s Traffic Index and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Researchers found Albuquerque drivers are spending an extra 14.6 minutes in traffic on a daily basis compared with data from 2020. The evening commute was found to be worse coming in at nine extra minutes compared with morning commute times rolling in with an additional 5.6 minutes. Overall, the study shows the extra annual commute time local drivers are experiencing in rush hour traffic is just over 60 hours. That’s about on par with the national average.