Reliably Unreliable Roads
The study finds that the “best approach” is to consider all the congestion solutions are the following:
- Traditional road building and new or expanded transit facilities;
- Traffic management strategies such as aggressive crash removal;
- Demand management strategies like improving commuter information and employer-based ideas such as telecommuting and flexible work hours; and
- Denser development patterns with a mix of jobs, shops and homes so people can walk, bike or take transit to more and closer, destinations.
Eisele suggests that development patterns be considered for communities and cities. “Think about the trips you make on a daily basis — home, kids, work, medical,” he said. “If we can place our schools and places of work closer together, we can minimize trips.” Eisele does admit that in some cases, nothing may able to be done. “In some places it makes sense, but it in other places it may not be an option. There might not be much that can be done in some areas,” he noted. “But when you’re thinking about buying our home, look at how transportation plays a role. This is all part of the decision…and part of the solution.”
Adds study author Tim Lomax. “If cities and states make the right investments in our most congested highway corridors, the return on those investments will be substantial. “Not only will we see more reliable trips for travelers and trucks, but we can also expect to see greater productivity and more jobs.”
For the full report, go to http://mobility.tamu.edu/corridors/.
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