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Public transit relieves traffic congestion, study says

Posted on October 1, 2003

Transit is successfully reducing traffic delays and costs in America's 75 largest urban areas according to data released Tuesday by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). This year's study reports that regular bus and train services in America's most congested cities saved drivers more than one billion hours in travel time in 2001. Without transit, nationwide delays would have increased by nearly 30%, costing residents in the major urban areas studied an additional $21.2 billion in lost time and fuel. Among its conclusions, the TTI study found that the average annual delay time per person climbed from 16 hours in 1982 to 60 hours in 2001. During that same period, the extra time needed for rush hour travel tripled. The cost of congestion in 75 major U.S. cities in 2001 totaled nearly $70 billion. To find out more information on the study, log on to

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