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20-minute commute may take 52 minutes by 2025

Mind wasting 52 hours a year in a car staring at a seemingly endless line of congested traffic? Don't want your 20-minute commute to grow to 52 minutes?

Now is your chance to gripe. The Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition has started an online petition with a comment section to capture drivers' frustration about traffic congestion and the need for improvements.

The group is led by private citizens as well as the mayors of Arlington, Burleson, Euless, Fort Worth and North Richland Hills.

The group hopes to use the petition and comments to persuade lawmakers when the Legislature reconvenes in January to improve transportation in the western half of the Metroplex.

"We will be unable to keep up with population growth if we don't have enough funding to make needed improvements," said Vic Suhm, executive director of the coalition. "It's going to take far more effort than what we are doing right now."

The group's top project priorities include removing the bottleneck at Texas 360 and Division Street in Arlington and improvements on I-30 at Baird Farm Road, Collins Street and Center Street, also in Arlington.

To help pay for road projects, the group wants the Legislature:

-- To spend tolls and fuel taxes on transportation only. The current biennial diversion of transportation dollars to other uses exceeds $1.5 billion, according to the coalition.

-- To allow counties in large metropolitan areas to fund transportation initiatives through a vehicle registration fee and a sales tax on motor fuels.

The group also wants the state to fund a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2005 to reroute freight rail traffic from inner-city rail lines.

Dallas-Fort Worth is the fifth most congested metropolis in the country, according to a report from Inrix, a provider of real-time traffic information.

According to the coalition, the average motorist in the Metroplex wastes 52 hours a year in traffic jams, and the average commute time of 20 minutes will increase to 52 minutes in 2025.

"We've been talking to our state legislators," North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino said. "But we feel the way to make a stronger statement to our state legislators is to have the people who are stuck in the congestion every day to weigh in with their feelings."