September 8, 2004

It’s Not Your Imagination: Traffic IS Getting Worse

"In the effort to catch up with the effects of traffic congestion, American cities are falling farther behind with each passing year, according to 20-year trends announced on Tuesday," says the Texas Transportation Institute's Urban Mobility Study.

That report "shows traffic congestion growing across the nation in cities of all sizes, consuming more hours of the day, and affecting more travelers and shipments of goods than ever before," according to a press release announcing the study.

Rush hour travelers suffer through 46 hours of delays per year -- up from 16 hours in 1982, the study says.

Can additional road-building help cut back on delays? The report says only 5 of 85 metro areas were able to keep pace with traffic growth via road construction.

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