DOT unveils proposal to tackle traffic congestion

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration issued a notice of proposed rule making on Monday that outlines new requirements for state transportation agencies to collect and use better data on travel times and to monitor the performance of the nation’s highways.

The move is part of the agency’s effort to improve congestion. DOT said the proposal will provide greater consistency in how states measure traffic congestion, which can benefit both commuters and the freight industry. 

The rule would require states to evaluate, report and set targets on transportation system performance, including travel time reliability, delay hours, peak-hour congestion, freight movement and on-road emissions.

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