Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Annual Report Shows Traffic Congestion Increased in 2013

The "Traffic Scorecard Annual Report" was released this week, by INRIX, a provider of traffic data and traffic network information.

The report shows that congestion on the nation's roadways jumped in 2013 after two years of declines. Why the increase? Data shows that U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 2 percent in 2013, so it's a response to economic growth. So while traffic congestion isn't a good thing due to time lost and pollution created, it's a byproduct of a positive trend.

The report shows that metropolitan areas across the U.S. showing numbers above the national average in employment growth and national GDP saw congestion increases, such as Austin, San Jose, Seattle, and Boston. In all, 61 metro areas experienced increased traffic congestion last year.

If you'd like to view data from the Scorecard, INRIX's has complied it in some fabulous maps and charts here.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.