Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

What Is the Transportation Problem, and What Can Be Done about It?

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

What Is the Transportation Problem, and What Can Be Done about It?

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Solutions to traffic problems are both technical and political. City officials and executives are often caught between between complex technical models and growth scenarios promoted by their engineers and planners, and simplistic solutions of their citizens. Development patterns, housing choices and demographic trends challenge policy makers to untangle complex issues while dealing with popular - but often wrong - myths and misconceptions about growth patterns and traffic.

ULI's popular Transportation and Growth: Myth and Fact brochure, refutes such myths with clear thinking, hard facts, and extensive references. It allows city officials and senior officials to get up to speed quickly on such complex issues. For example, it is often believed that the primary cause of traffic growth is new development. Government statistics show, however, that at the national level, higher levels of trip making, reduced levels of transit, and longer distances were responsible for 87% of the growth in driving. Moreover, even new homes are not necessarily owned by newcomers - about half are purchased by current county residents.

ULI's 12 Tools for Improving Mobility and Managing Congestion summarizes twelve different solutions in an easy to read brochure. The examples range from traffic signal improvements in Daytona Beach, Florida, which reduced accidents and increased speeds on its main arterial street by 30%; to a market development program for transit in Orange County, California, which resulted in a one third increase in transit ridership in only two years. …

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