Traffic revs up with economy


Portland-area commuters are noticing a slow return to the gridlocked traffic that plagued the area before the recession.

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Portland-area commuters are noticing a slow return to the gridlocked traffic that plagued the area before the recession.

Analysts agree that there has been a slight uptick in vehicles, yet some doubt that commuters could notice such a statistically insignificant increase.

…In January, revenue from the weight-mile tax on big rigs carrying freight on the highways jumped about 5 percent from the same month in 2010. That indicates a rebound in freight traffic as the economy improves. And nationwide, a study released by the Texas Transportation Institute two weeks ago showed traffic was on an upswing with the economy in several urban areas.

Yet ODOT traffic forecasters say they don’t expect daily traffic in the region to return to pre-recession heights until at least 2013.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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