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At today's SANDAG Transportation Committee we had a discussion on individuals preference to widen freeways. I understand the desire to reduce congestion BUT it is important to note what has been learned and how widening freeways can actually INCREASE congestion. #InducedDemand
To get an understanding of the potential negative impacts of freeway expansions can do we can look at the I-10 “Katy Freeway” expansion in the Houston metro area. One of the widest freeways in the world. It was widened to a whopping 26 lanes at a cost of almost 3 billion dollars.
All of this was done with the goal that the freeway expansion would alleviate traffic congestion. After widened, congestion got worse. Houston’s traffic monitoring agency noticed a 30% increase and 55% during the evening commute between 2011 and 2014. It was an expensive failure.
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It’s actually remarkable that we still fall for the sales pitch that cars equal freedom. There’s nothing free about the lack of choice that comes from car dependancy. And building our city-regions around cars is the most costly thing we can do. Does that sound “free” to you?
“Hell is other people.” — Jean-Paul Sartre.

“Traffic is other people.” — every driver.

HT @DarrenDavis10
It’s that time again. Thanksgiving traffic in the United States reminds us that we’re not stuck in traffic — we are traffic. And the only thing we’re really stuck in is the belief that we can’t make different choices. Via @DanLinden @abcnews
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