Economic silver lining? Commute times fall thanks to economy

Talk about good news/bad news: The amount of time people spend sitting in traffic is dropping. Unfortunately, this is largely because so many people are out of work.

A study by the Texas Transportation Institute found that rush-hour travel times declined for the second straight year, according to a story by the Associated Press. Researchers, though, said this decline wasn’t caused by anything positive such as an increase in the reliability of public transportation. Once the economy improves, they said, you can expect to spend every bit as much time stuck in rush-hour traffic jams.

Of course, the way this economy is going, it might be a long time before your commute inches back up to that intolerable level. Odd world, isn’t it? We’re now reduced to hoping for more rush-hour congestion because that’ll be one more sign that the economy is recovering.