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Traffic Wastes 36 Hours a Year

Monday, 07 May 2001 12:00 AM

The study of 68 urban areas from New York City to cities of 100,000 population also found congestion cost $78 billion in 1999, representing 4.5 billion hours of delay and 6.8 billion gallons of wasted fuel, the Texas Transportation Institute said.

The "rush hour" in major cities has doubled from nearly three hours (morning and evening combined) in 1982 to almost six hours in 1999. Congested travel periods today consume nearly half the daylight hours on a given workday, the researchers said.

The study also found that the average "rush hour" trip takes 32 percent more time than the same trip taken during non-rush hour conditions.

Researchers David Schrank and Tim Lomax used a variety of measures to illustrate the nation's growing traffic problems in their study from 1982 to 1999. The study provides information for elected officials and others making traffic and land-use decisions.

The researchers said there was no single solution to the worsening traffic jams.

"Widening roads is part of the solution, but it's only one of many elements we need to address the problem," Lomax said.

Other solutions include encouraging drivers to use the roads in off-peak hours, better management of construction and maintenance projects, and so-called "smart growth" policies that consider traffic in urban development.

The report, an annual study by the transportation institute, is compiled with the cooperation of 11 state departments of transportation.

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