Category Archive: Transportation

Dec 10

A study: Building roads to cure congestion is an exercise in futility

By Tanya Snyder
We hear it all the time: The road lobby insists that the only way to reduce mind-numbing traffic congestion on the roads they built is to build new roads. Federal funding gives huge blank checks to state DOTs, which tend to prioritiz…

Nov 01

Road congestion and its implications for transportation policy

By Matthew A. Turner
Previous attempts to build our way out of urban traffic congestion have been largely self-defeating in the sense that, sooner or later, new roads tend to create more demand for driving. Capacity additions can still be worthwhile, h…