Monday, January 24, 2011

Report Credits Public Transportation for Decreasing Commuter Delays

A new report shows that without public transit, travelers would have experienced an additional 785 million hours of delay in 2010. The study also shows that 640 million gallons of fuel were saved by using public transportation.

The Texas Transportation Institute released its 2010 Urban Mobility Report, which looked at road congestion in United States urban areas, including Richmond, Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach.

After two years of slight declines in overall traffic congestion – attributable to the economic downturn and high fuel prices – leading indicators suggest that as the economy rebounds, traffic problems are doing the same. While 2008 was the best year for commuters in at least a decade, the problem again began to grow in 2009.

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