Rush hour gets better

Rush-hour drivers in Portland knock an hour off of their time sitting in traffic.

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Drivers spent 37 hours sitting in rush-hour traffic in 2007, an hour less than in 2006. But that still may not be much to rejoice about, as a growing population in the Portland area adds more drivers to the road.

Portland-area drivers may be a little less frustrated than a few years ago, as higher gas prices, tighter development and growing mass-transit use have reduced the time we sit in traffic…

Most motorists may still see traffic congestion as a growing problem across the region, however, because as the population increases, more drivers hit the road. Added together over a longer period, all area motorists experienced 34.4 million hours of delay because of congestion in 2007 — a 21 percent jump from 2002.

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