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Traffic congestion eases but for how long?

By dcuff
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 at 8:37 pm in driving, Planning.

A new report confirms that traffic congestion in America’s cities eased in 2007, disrupting a long trend of steadily worsening traffic.

It’s no surprise. High gas prices in the last half of 2007 discouraged some from driving as much. With the recession throwing more people out of work, we can expect the trend to continue for a while longer.

The new report comes from the Texas Transportation Institute, an agency of  Texas A&M University 

Following is a link to that report: http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/ 

Earlier this year, I wrote a story about a Metropolitan Transportation Commission study finding that congestion in the Bay Area eased during 2008 because of the recession.

In both reports, authors cautioned that when the economic recovers, we can expect traffic congestion to get worse again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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