Still Stuck in Traffic: Coping with Peak-Hour Traffic Congestion by Anthony Downs examines the advantages and downsides of various strategies, by considering the causes of worsening traffic issues, weighing efforts to treatment or reduce their intensification, and identifying the simplest remedies.
Most People view traffic congestion as probably the most severe environmental downside dealing with communities today. While overwhelming public sentiment has compelled native governments to employ a variety of anticongestion methods, it has been difficult to gauge their efficacy. Only one factor is definite: most residents of metropolitan areas consider that traffic congestion is getting worse, not better. In this new version, Anthony Downs seeks to assess the utility of anticongestion programs.
Drawing on a significant physique of analysis from transportation experts and land-use planners, this manual accommodates wholly new chapters on the basic reason behind congestion, how bad it is across the nation, how a lot congestion is brought on by accidents and other incidents, whether or not increasing public transport capacity will help overcome congestion, and the detailed dynamics of how congestion arises on main expressways every day.
Writer believes that many congestion issues are rooted in a lack of regional co-operation amongst localities. He also argues that building sufficient new roads to completely alleviate present peak-hour traffic congestion is simply too expensive, and is already not possible in lots of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. He believes major expansion of public transportation – although presumably desirable to increase mobility – will not lower congestion much.
Still Stuck in Traffic: Coping with Peak-Hour Traffic Congestion concludes that rationing roads can be unrealistic and ineffective. Since none of those prospects is practical, Downs seeks to explore why traffic congestion has arisen in our society, why is it getting more intensive, and why it can’t be eradicated entirely.
Still Stuck in Traffic: Coping with Peak-Hour Traffic Congestion (Revised) (James A. Johnson Metro) [Paperback]
Brookings Institution Press; Revised edition (April 1, 2004)