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|Publication Number: Date: September/October 2001|
Issue No: Vol. 65 No. 2
Date: September/October 2001
Traffic Congestion Is Putting the Brakes on Economic Growth
The following observations and statistics are from Stuck in Traffic: How Increasing Traffic Congestion Is Putting the Brakes on Economic Growth, a May 2001 report by The Road Information Program (TRIP). The information that TRIP used in the preparation of this report was provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, Cass Information Services Inc., the Transportation Research Board, and the Texas Transportation Institute.
TRIP is a nonprofit organization sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, highway engineering and construction firms, financial organizations, labor unions, and others concerned with an efficient and safe highway transportation network.
The report states that congestion slows the delivery of goods and services, leading to increased costs for consumers, and it cites the following points to link efficient surface transportation and economic growth: