From “Study: Traffic costs billions of hours a year”, CNN.com, September 7, 2004, which examines the general trend of increasing traffic congestion in the nation’s largest urban areas, but which contains the following caveat:
Traffic in some cities has actually gotten better — but that’s because their economies have done poorly.
“In a lot of the places in the past we’ve seen success in cities suffering job declines — Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cleveland,” Pisarski said. “Unemployment is a great solution.”
(With thanks to Jeff.)