As kids head back to school and adults back to work after the summer vacation months, Tuesday promises to be a trying day for commuters.
The Greater Washington area is comprised of nearly five million people, three million jobs, 750,000 students and 5,634 school buses. What do they all have in common?
Everyone will be back in action tomorrow morning.
"Set your alarm clocks earlier," said Lon Anderson, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "Summer's over, and once again we will feel the f ull brunt of the nation's worst congestion and longest commutes -- as traffic backs up on virtually every road in our region."
Most Washington area residents -- 77 percent to be specific -- drive to work. Of those, 66 percent of them drive alone, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
D.C. already spends more time sitting in traffic than any other city in the country. Tuesday will be a sobering reminder of this fact.
We are also maintaining an impressive streak of finishing dead last on Allstate's study of the country's worst drivers. D.C. was recently ranked at the bottom of the list of 193 cities in the report -- for the seventh straight year.
That will probably contribute to the traffic woes starting tomorrow morning.
On the bright side, Washingtonians do seem to be changing their commute patterns. According to the Metropolotan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and AAA Mid-Atlantic officials, more commuters are taking advantage of public transportation than ever before.
During the last decade, the number of Washington area commuters using public transportation has increased from 11 to 14 percent.
Be sure to allow extra time for your commute tomorrow and in the weeks to follow.