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Freight Facts and Figures 2011

Figure 3-13. Peak-Period Congestion on the National Highway System: 2007

Recurring congestion caused by volumes of passenger vehicles and trucks that exceed capacity on roadways during peak periods is concentrated primarily in major metropolitan areas. In 2007, peak-period congestion resulted in traffic slowing below posted speed limits on 11,700 miles of the NHS and created stop-and-go conditions on an additional 6,700 miles.


Figure 3-13. U.S. map showing recurring peak-period congestion for year 2007. Notes: Highly congested segments are stop-and-go conditions with volume/service flow ratios greater than 0.95. Congested segments have reduced traffic speeds with volume/service flow ratios between 0.75 and 0.95.

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U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Highway Policy Information, Highway Performance Monitoring System; and Office of Freight Management and Operations, Freight Analysis Framework, version 3.1, 2010.


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