No surprise, Austin gridlock gets worse (from Kxan news)
2011 Urban mobility study covered by local news network in Austin:
Austin’s growth is showing up in the morning and afternoon commutes. According to the 2011 Urban Mobility report produced by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M , in 1982 Austinites spent an average nine hours a year in traffic. In 2010, that figure jumped to 38 hours per driver a year of lost time.
But Austin doesn’t make the worst cities list. Metro Washington, D.C., is first with 74 hours lost, Chicago follows with 71 lost hours, L.A. loses 64, and Houston and New York follow behind.
Back here at home, more growth turns in to more congestion.
“Our metro area is continuing to grow, and with growth comes people and with people comes more travel demand,” said Randy Machemehl, director of the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin.
The study also said Austin drivers waste 10 gallons of gas a year sitting in traffic.
“At the same time we’re really somewhat behind the power curve in terms of handling the additional demand,” said Machemehl, who said increasing Austin mass transit systems and roadways will improve demand and congestion.
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