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Traffic congestion dipping as economy falters

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Gas guzzling no more

In the 27 years that traffic congestion has been recorded, 1991 marked the only other year that congestion declined. That decline was caused by a spike in oil prices during the first Gulf War.

Similarly, demographers attribute the current congestion decline to a historic cutback in driving after gas prices soared to over $4 a gallon while the economy faltered.