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Traffic congestion in Rio de Janeiro (Leme)

Rush hour in the Birmingham-metro area now averages 6 hours per day. You’ve no doubt been caught in the gridlock either on 280 or I-65 or U.S. 31. From 1992 to 2002, the delay per traveler increased from 11 hours per year to 26 hours per year! But Gabriel Roth says there’s a solution. He’s the editor of a new book called “Street Smart” that advocates “privatizing” roads. You get your electricity and telephone service from private companies – why not transit? Roth explained the concept to WBHM’s Tanya Ott.

What do you think? Would you be willing to pay a toll if you knew it would give you easy access and hassle-free travel? Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for On The Line – our live call-in program, as we discuss transportation and mass transit. You can find more information online at