We can’t build our way to less traffic congestion

While local governments routinely claim the only way to combat more traffic is to build more roads, a new report from Transportation for America makes a case that’s the wrong solution AND the wrong question.

The Congestion Con

How more lanes and more money equals more traffic.


“Eliminating congestion is also simply the wrong goal. While severe congestion can have real negative impacts, congestion is also generally a symptom of a successful, vibrant economy—a sign of a place people want to be. Instead, we should be focused on providing and improving access.”

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