DART News Release
June 20, 2002
TTI Study Shows Roadway Congestion Growing
Additional Public Transportation Investment Needed
WASHINGTON, DC, June 20 -American metropolitan communities of all sizes are witness to more and longer traffic delays due to growing roadway congestion, according to the 19th annual Urban Mobility Report released by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). According to study authors, roadway congestion now costs $67.5 billion per year or the value of 3.6 billion hours of delays and 5.7 billion gallons of excess fuel consumed in the 75 urban areas studied. To reduce this cost, the authors suggest a variety of strategies and investments will be needed including more public transportation.
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