Relieving Congestion to Boost Trade

Clogged roads and highways inconvenience millions of commuters, but these same traffic jams also hold back trillions of dollars in goods traveling between different markets every year. The 100 largest metro areas transport $16.2 trillion in products annually—or nearly 80 percent of all the country’s freight. Even more critically, though, over two-thirds of these goods are carried by trucks, which often traverse multiple states on their long-distance journeys. Regional markets depend on an efficient freight network to forge economic connections with one another, yet local congestion can restrict this movement.  

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