Wednesday, May 23, 2012

'Widening highways... does not reduce congestion over the long term'

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Joeff Davis
  • Joeff Davis

You don't say! That line's not from the Sierra Club, Fast Track Forward, or Citizens for Progressive transit. Or from some road-hatin' tree huggers. It's from a detailed analysis of the regional transportation tax that voters will decide on July 31 by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a think tank that state lawmakers often turn to for "free-market" solutions to Georgia's woes.

The full paragraph:

"While widening highways makes travel more convenient, reduces congestion, reduces pollution and increases the number of vehicles that travel on a highway, it does not reduce congestion over the long term. This does not mean that the region should not expand highways or should invest a disproportionate amount of funds in transit. It simply means that growing metro areas cannot end the congestion by widening (expanding capacity) alone."

So simple, yet it's taken us so long to learn.

(H/T IcarusPundit, pdsnyder)

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