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Drivers see less congestion on area roads
« on: July 01, 2013, 11:00:11 PM »

Washington Post: Drivers see less congestion on area roads

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After years of complaining that their commute is the worst in the nation, many people who work in or around Washington say they’re spending fewer minutes behind the wheel and less time stuck in stop-and-go traffic.

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The improved outlook — expressed in a Washington Post poll of people who live and commute in the region— is backed by more than drivers’ opinions. In a new analysis, Inrix, a company that records traffic flow using transmitters aboard fleet vehicles, said that local drivers spend, on average, an hour and 22 minutes less per month in congested traffic than they did three years ago.

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Although 75 percent of area commuters get there by car, the survey revealed that commuters are open to alternatives. By about 2 to 1, there was a preference for options other than roads. Two-thirds of those surveyed said they approve of the District’s expansion of the bike lane network.
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Re: Drivers see less congestion on area roads
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2013, 10:46:58 AM »

Washington Post op-ed: Column: Washington area has a real chance to reduce traffic congestion

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Washington area residents: Are you resigned to sitting in endless traffic jams? Do you assume nothing can be done? Think gridlock here is as inevitable as death and taxes?

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If so, you’re wrong.

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A local traffic study and an opinion survey published by The Washington Post last week show that genuine, noticeable reductions in travel time are achievable if smart choices are made and sufficient money is spent.

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Replacing the Wilson Bridge, expanding the Capital Beltway and building the Intercounty Connector are among the projects that have helped shrink congestion in measurable ways. The survey of those who drive to work found that their average commute time has dropped from 37 minutes in 2005 to 31 minutes today.
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