The greatest accomplishment of any ideology is to not be considered an ideology.
Our national transportation obsession has been about maximizing the amount that you can drive. Today, we need to focus on minimizing the amount you are forced to drive.
No, you’re not stuck in congestion because your city’s infrastructure is “inadequate” to handle growth.
Love to hate congestion? We’ll never fix it by obsessing over speed or traffic delays. We need to rethink our whole transportation debate, starting with this premise: it’s not about how fast you can go. It’s about what you can get to.
The way we design our cities guarantees a flood of congestion. And then we pour billions of dollars into highway expansion, only to worsen the problem we created in the first place.
Congestion isn’t a problem and road expansion isn’t a solution.
It goes by many names — the Jevons Paradox, Braess Paradox, Marchetti’s Constant or Downs’ Triple Convergence — but the science is clear: expanding freeway capacity makes traffic worse.
The conventional wisdom about the relationship between development and traffic contains a number of important misconceptions.
What officials and engineers need to understand before sinking more resources into infrastructure investment.