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Accession Number PB2013-109393
Title Urban Congestion Trends, 2012. Operations: The Key to Reliable Travel.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 5p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Congestion levels remained relatively unchanged from 2011 to 2012 in the 19 urban areas in the United States monitored in this report. Congestion levels across all of the congestion measures are still generally below the levels experienced in 2007, prior to the economic downturn. As the economy improves, increased congestion levels are expected. While congestion levels remained relatively unchanged (or decreased slightly) from 2011 to 2012, the use of congestion-mitigating techniques will become important to manage future increases in traffic and congestion. The use of operational strategies, in particular, provides a toolbox of alternatives that can be implemented to mitigate growing congestion. Transportation agencies and professionals should use this time to implement operational strategies (and/or fine-tune existing operational strategies) prior to congestion levels likely increasing in an improving economy. The benefits of successful operational strategies are multiplefaster, more reliable trips, improved safety, and reduced environmental impacts. This report highlights several case studies where operational strategies have been successfully implemented. The first two case studies identify how reporting and monitoring can improve stakeholder decision making. Proactive reporting and monitoring ensure that transportation improvements are designed to get the best return on the investment.
Keywords Economic analysis
Environmental impact
Management planning and control
Traffic congestion
Traffic safety
Travel time
Urban areas

Source Agency Federal Highway Administration
NTIS Subject Category 91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
43G - Transportation
85H - Road Transportation
Corporate Author Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1321
Contract Number N/A

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