WOODBURY - American motorists are stuck in traffic about 5 percent more than they were in 2007, according to a new report from Texas A&M.

The increased traffic has been linked to the improved economy, cheaper fuel and more people heading to work.

New York was fourth on the list for worst traffic.

Washington, D.C. was No. 1 on the list followed by Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The study says drivers in the Long Island area spend an annual average of 74 extra hours in traffic. The congested commute has drivers shelling out $1,739 in cost of lost time and fuel.

AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair says Long Island also receives 98 percent of its freight by trucks. He says most cities receive about 50 percent of their freight by truck.

He favors building a rail freight tunnel from New Jersey to Long Island.