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Who says there's nothing good about this lousy economy?

Traffic congestion dropped 30% last year from 2010 in the USA's 100 largest metropolitan areas, driven largely by higher gas prices and a spotty economic recovery, according to a new study by a Washington-state firm that tracks traffic flows.

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Tue, 05/22/2012 - 4:15pm

I wonder how much of the reduction in congestion is due to the growing popularity of smaller cars as gas prices rise? I don't think we can assume the reduction is entirely due to fewer vehicles. Whatever your opinion of econoboxes, there's no denying a road full of them moves more efficiently than a road full of Chevy Suburbans.