Economy Temporarily Curbs Traffic
However, this lull should not signify a trend, so warns the latest Urban Mobility Report, published by the Texas Transportation Institute.
Released today, the research tracks traffic patterns over the last twenty-five years, outlining data for national and regional travel time, public transportation use, and cost components. The information for the Lehigh Valley (and beyond) shows that, while freeway travel has indeed dropped, travel on arterial roads has risen regionally. However, this congestion might have been balanced out by a slight increase in public transportation use. The full report is featured on the Institute’s website, including the regional spotlight on the greater Valley area.
Nationally, the numbers are still looking grim, with the overall cost of $87.2 billion in wasted fuel and loss of productivity. And while travelers spent less time in traffic this year, the researchers state that traffic will increase once again when the economy rebounds. There is no silver-bullet that will fix congestion problems, but multiple solutions might alleviate some tension, including ones that promote diverse land use planning, mass transit, and pedestrian walkways. Finally, the researchers conclude that collaborative efforts between public entities and private businesses will be necessary for any long-term changes. Indeed, we are all in this together when trying to get from point A to point B.
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