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Drive time in Columbus is middle of the road

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The Columbus Dispatch wrote Drive time is middle of the road

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

By Tim Doulin

In case you hadn’t noticed, central Ohio commuter, you’ve been spending a lot more time getting to where you’re going over the years.

Now, a study released yesterday has calculated that “extra travel time” from increasing congestion, and it turns out we’re not the worst, or the best.

Drivers here actually fared better than those in most cities of similar size.

Central Ohio managed to keep congestion increases a little flatter compared with other parts of the country because it had a fairly robust freeway-building program over the past 10 to 15 years, said Bob Lawler, transportation director at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

“But we are not doing quite as much of that now,” he said.

“If Columbus were to invest more in transit, that would further help us in staving off these delays.”

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