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Traffic Congestion Plummets Worldwide: INRIX Traffic Scorecard Reports 30 Percent Drop in Traffic Across the U.S.

May 23, 2012 Comments off

Traffic Congestion Plummets Worldwide: INRIX Traffic Scorecard Reports 30 Percent Drop in Traffic Across the U.S.
Source: INRIX
INRIX®, a leading international provider of traffic information and intelligent driver services, today released its fifth Annual INRIX Traffic Scorecard revealing a startling 30 percent drop in traffic congestion in 2011.

In the first worldwide report to analyze traffic congestion, 70 of America’s Top 100 Most Populated Cities showed decreases in traffic congestion last year. These results are indicative of a “Stop-’N’-Go Economy” where lack of employment combined with high fuel prices is keeping Americans off the roads.

The drop in U.S. traffic congestion in 2011 follows two years of modest increases in 2009 (1%) and 2010 (10%). The last time America experienced a similar decline was 2008, when traffic congestion plummeted 34 percent. When analyzed in correlation with 2011 statistics from the FHWA, U.S. Departments of Energy and Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Scorecard provides as much insight into traffic as it does the economy:

  • Cities showing the biggest drops in traffic congestion also were cities where gas prices exceeded the national average at its April 2011 peak ($3.96), including L.A. ($4.25), San Francisco ($4.25) and Honolulu ($4.48).
  • Cities outpacing national employment growth (1.2%), like Tampa (3.0%), Houston (3.2%) and Austin (2.1%), showed some of the biggest increases in traffic congestion.
  • Cities with moderate employment gains and fuel prices at or below the national average ($3.52) including Atlanta ($3.32, 1.2%) and Miami ($3.52, 1.2%) also showed the biggest increases in traffic.

Last year, only 890,000 of the 2.6 million new jobs were in our nation’s largest urban centers. These regions are down 6 million of the 9 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Lack of employment combined with high fuel prices is clearly driving the decline in traffic.

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INRIX National Traffic Scorecard 2010 Annual Report

March 15, 2011 Comments off

INRIX National Traffic Scorecard 2010 Annual Report
Source: INRIX, Inc.

The INRIX National Traffic Scorecard 2010 Annual Report provides a comprehensive analysis of the state of traffic congestion in 2010 across America and how it’s changed versus 2009. In this year’s report, we find America is back on the road to gridlock after 11 straight months of increases in traffic congestion on our nation’s roads translating into an avg. 10 percent increase in travel times for drivers. The data suggests population growth combined with increases in interstate commerce spurred by economic recovery are fueling these increases. New analysis showing the nation’s worst traffic corridors finds that drivers traveling our nation’s ten worst traffic corridors annually spend an average of one month idle in traffic. With economists’ expecting unemployment to drop to 7 percent by the end of the year, we predict an explosion in traffic congestion across urban America as 9 million more daily work trips jam our nation’s road network.


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