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Traffic Congestion

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Watch this video about a race across London to get you thinking about the issue of traffic congestion.
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Traffic Facts and Figures

What it Costs
United States of America
America's families spend more than 19 cents out of every dollar earned on transportation, an expense second only to housing, and greater than food and health care combined.
United States of America
The individual cost of congestion exceeded $900 per driver in 1997, resulting in more than $72 billion in lost wages and wasted fuel.
Lost Time
United States of America
Congestion results in 5.7 billion person-hours of delay annually in the United States.
United States of America
Drivers in one-third of U.S. cities spend more than 40 hours a year (an entire work week) in traffic that is not moving.
Safety and Health Concerns
United States of America
In 2003 there were more than 6.3 million motor vehicle crashes reported to police. Of those, 38,252 crashes resulted in fatalities.
United States of America
In 2001, crashes were the leading cause of death for people ages 4-33 in the United States.
Public Transportation
United States of America
For every passenger-mile traveled, public transportation is twice as fuel-efficient as private automobiles, sport utility vehicles and light trucks. (Source: Centre for Transportation Excellence)
United States of America
If one in 10 Americans regularly used mass transit, U.S. reliance on foreign oil could decline by more than 40 percent, or nearly the amount of oil imported from Saudi Arabia each year.
The Environment
United States of America
A regular rush-hour driver wastes an average of 99 gallons of gasoline a year due to traffic.
United States of America
On-road vehicles are responsible for 44 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, one-third of all nitrogen oxide emissions and one-quarter of all volatile organic compound emissions.

Traffic Problems

Air Pollution
BBC News Rising death toll of traffic pollution
Traffic Congestion
BBC News Costs of congestion set to double
The Speed of Travel
The New York Times London's Traffic: First It Killed the Romans
BBC News 'Most dangerous' roads revealed
Under use of Public Transport
BBC News Public transport 'poorly linked'
Parking Issues
The Telegraph Commuters who drive to work 'face workplace parking levy'
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