Mark Kutzbach

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Mark Kutzbach is an Economist at the United States Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies, Local Employment and Household Dynamics Economics Research Group. He received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Irvine (Mark.J.Kutzbach@census.gov).

Megacities and Megatraffic

Mark Kutzbach

Scan the newspaper in any big city of a rapidly developing country and you will probably see complaints about traffic congestion. Traffic congestion in developing megacities not only aggravates commuters but also isolates them with time-consuming, unreliable, and expensive commutes. In Mumbai, India, for example, The Mumbai Mirror reported in early 2010 that India's champion athletes missed the closing ceremony of the South Asian Games due to the city's "never-ending traffic jam."

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