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2009 Urban Mobility Report Released by Texas Transportation Institute

Samuel Staley
July 8, 2009, 1:30pm

The Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University released its much awaited 2009 Urban Mobility Report today. The report covers traffic trends and congestion from 1982 to 2007. While the report doesn't cover the traffic slow down in 2008, the authors note that the problem will come back in full force once the economy turns around.

Among the highlights of this year's report:

Notes Tim Lomax, one of the study's co-authors:

And even though the problem has leveled off somewhat, we shouldn't expect it to be a trend, the researchers say, because an otherwise steady trend over 25 years has been interrupted only by – you guessed it – a recession. "The northeastern states and Texas in the mid-1980s and California in the 90s are three regions that give us an idea what to expect," Lomax says. "In each of those cases, when the economy rebounded, so did the traffic problem."

Samuel Staley is Research Fellow

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