"The Economics of the I-49 Connector" (3-Part Series)
Not for the first time, the car-pocalypse failed to materialize around Seattle’s new SR-99 tunnel. This is further proof we’ve been underestimating commuters’ ability to adjust to transportation changes. Have we also been overestimating how much they value these multibillion-dollar megaprojects in the first place?
Why are we still surprised when a highway closes and fears of traffic pandemonium don’t come to pass?
Why do predictions of “Carmageddon” so often fail to materialize? Recent lane reductions on a major bridge in Portland may hold answers, if we pay attention.
If we’re willing to learn, this experiment shows us how to fight congestion and get a more efficient transportation system.
Shifting traffic patterns are backing up decades of data: the way to fix our highways isn’t expanding capacity but rather managing demand.
A deep, dredged ship canal is a recipe for catastrophic flooding in a hurricane, whereas a coastal marsh absorbs the surge of water in a way that lets life continue to flourish. This analogy has something important to teach us about urban streets.
Portland is thinking about widening freeways; other cities show that doesn’t work.
The right question is how we’re going to get people to the things that make their lives better. Transportation problems look different once you’re having that conversation.