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Traffic down in stalled economy

April 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The economic downturn may have some positive side effects for workers lucky enough not to lose their jobs.Washington State-based INRIX has just released a national traffic scorecard report, crunching rush hour traffic numbers on 600,000 drivers over 800,000 miles of road in the nation's 100 largest cities.

The results were dramatic.

They found that traffic nationwide has dropped by a third on average, since the summer of 2008, when gas prices peaked at record highs.

In Los Angeles, traffic is down 24 percent; in New York City, 25 percent; and in Atlanta, traffic is down a whopping 36 percent.

The study found that some metro areas have seen traffic drop off by 50 percent or more.

Bryan Mistele, the president and CEO of INRIX says the economic crisis is what's fueling the drop.

"Also part of it is commercial traffic, with the deteriorating economy there are less vehicles on the road delivering freight, delivering products and things like that," said Mistele.

He believes the stall in traffic will continue nationwide, until the recession can pull a U-turn.


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