However, Chicagoans still "paid the highest congestion penalty in the U.S. again last year, averaging $1,568 in lost time and wasted fuel for each motorist stuck in heavy traffic."
TTI's annual Urban Mobility Report blames the economy for worsening traffic, as funds are cut or frozen for infrastructure repair
From the report:
"The most economical and effective congestion solutions involve traditional road building and transit use, combined with traffic management strategies such as signal coordination and rapid crash removal, and demand management strategies like telecommuting and flexible work hours. Land use and development patterns can play a positive role, as well."