Finally, a silver lining--the downturn means a faster route to the turnoff. A 29% decrease in snarlups in 2008 was largely attributed to the slowdown in the economy, according to a new list of the top 20 most congested metropolitan areas.
Hopefully we can see a recovery without more cars. Lots of cash to ameliorate traffic is designated in the stimulus package: $8.4 billion is designated for public transportation, $9.3 billion for intercity and high-speed passenger rail,and another $825 million for bike trails. One technological fix to spur growth, raise public revenue, and have faster traffic too: Congestion pricing.