Denver-area commuters are spending more time behind the wheel

DENVER - Nearly half of all commuters in the Denver area are stuck in their cars for a half-hour or more, according to Census data released Thursday.

The data shows that more than 200,000 commuters spent just under 34 minutes on the road in 2015. Another big chunk of motorists, 135,421, saw between 45 minutes to an hour commute. 

The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows commute times in the Denver-Lakewood-Aurora metro area are surging year-over-year.

Although the time motorists spend behind the wheel is growing, Denver-area commuters don’t spend as much time in gridlock compared to other cities.

Areas like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco have longer commute times.

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