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Old 02-05-2013, 08:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Commuters' wasted time in traffic costs $121B

Commuters' wasted time in traffic costs $121B - Yahoo! News

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) An annual study of national driving patterns shows that Americans spent 5.5 billion additional hours sitting in traffic in 2011.
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute released a report Tuesday that found Americans are adapting to road congestion by allowing, on average, an hour to make a trip that would take 20 minutes without traffic. The Urban Mobility Report also says clogged roads cost Americans $121 billion in time and fuel in 2011.

It also determined that the 10 most congested cities are Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco-Oakland, New York-Newark, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle.

The report is one of the key tools used by experts to solve traffic problems. But the institute advises that every community has unique challenges and require different, multi-faceted approaches to solving congestion.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The data doesn't support your hypothesis. Population growth has been roughly stable for 50 years. The only reason population is increasing is the current (stable) generations are replacing the smaller dying ones. In another 30 years or so that will be over and the population will stabilize.

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The data doesn't support your hypothesis. Population growth has been roughly stable for 50 years. The only reason population is increasing is the current (stable) generations are replacing the smaller dying ones. In another 30 years or so that will be over and the population will stabilize.
Sorry, but as they say, while you are entitled to your own opinions, you are not entitled to your own facts. Per the US census figures, the population keeps growing, and shows no sign of leveling off or even slowing much.
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So what if the population grows? There is enough on this earth and to spare. You will find that those that all for population control quickly are silenced when they are called upon to start off the selective "herd thinning"...with themselves.

Back on topic: I am just glad that my commute whether rain, snow, sleet, day, night no matter, it takes me the same amount of time to get to work. I meet the same 14-ish cars everyday as we enjoy our completely stress free wind down from the days labors living in our non-hyperinflated priced homes in nearly crime free communities....its like zen...oooooohhhmmmmmm
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Us population growth rate

It is going down:
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U.S. birth rate lowest since 1920: Blame the economy? - CBS News
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the U.S. birth rate declined 8 percent from 2007 to 2010, and now stands at 63.2 births per 1,000 women who are of childbearing age. That's the lowest number recorded since 1920 when reliable statistics were first kept.

The U.S. birth rate's peak was in 1957 during the "Baby Boom," reaching 122.7 births per 1,000 women -- almost double today's rate.

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data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that the Total Fertility Rate dropped to 1.9 in 2010—well below the replacement level of 2.1.
Census Bureau Lowers U.S. Growth Forecast, Mainly Due to Reduced Immigration and Births
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So what if the population grows? There is enough on this earth and to spare. You will find that those that all for population control quickly are silenced when they are called upon to start off the selective "herd thinning"...with themselves.
Pretty standard ignorant response; unfortunately encountered many times before.

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