Planners should consider building and tolling more roads to reduce traffic congestion in the future, even though congestion in urban areas declined slightly in 2007 because of higher gas prices and may continue to do so because of the recession, the Texas Transportation Institute said a report released yesterday.

The annual report on urban congestion, which was written by researchers David Schrank and Tim Lomax, said planners should consider adding more road lanes, new streets, and highways, and new or expanded public transportation facilities in "important corridors or growth regions."

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