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Highway Users Group Laments Latest Traffic Findings
WASHINGTON, DC (January 20, 2011) – Today the American Highway Users Alliance (The Highway Users) commented on a major traffic study outlining the nation’s most congested urban areas. The Highway Users is a nonprofit organization, which represents drivers and businesses.
Greg Cohen, Highway Users President and CEO, remarked, “The findings from the 2010 Urban Mobility Report drive home the already apparent fact that traffic congestion continues to strangle our nation. Stifling congestion not only robs motorists of fuel and hours lost, it also poses a serious threat to our ailing economy.
“Congress has the opportunity to fix this problem by prioritizing congestion relief as part of a strong, multi-year highway bill. The results from the Texas Transportation Institute report serve as a clarion call to lawmakers to develop solutions that help ease growing traffic problems across the country.”
The report found that congestion costs have risen from $24 billion in 1982 to $115 billion in 2009 and 3.9 billion gallons of fuel wasted. The average commuter wasted $808 in 2009 compared to $351 in 1982.
The American Highway Users Alliance represents motorists, RV enthusiasts, truckers, bus companies, motorcyclists, and a broad cross-section of businesses that depend on safe and efficient highways to transport their families, customers, employees, and products. Highway Users members pay the taxes that finance the federal highway program and advocate public policies that dedicate those taxes to improved highway safety and mobility.