In 2014, an Improving Economy—and the Worst Traffic in Three Decades

August 26, 2015 4:04 AM

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In 2014, an Improving Economy—and the Worst Traffic in Three Decades

Traffic congestion has staged a comeback as the economy recovers from the 2007-09 recession, researchers at Texas A&M have found, a conclusion that will probably come as no surprise to harried urban commuters.

In a study set for release Wednesday, the university’s Texas Transportation Institute and Inrix, a data analysis firm, found traffic congestion was worse in 2014 than in any year since at least 1982. American commuters spent 42 hours each on average in traffic last year and wasted a total of 3.1 bil...

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