Induced Travel: Frequently Asked Questions

The term "Induced Travel" is highly controversial but typically misunderstood by both highway advocates and opponents.

In an effort to raise the level of understanding, which FHWA hopes will lead to more productive discussion induced travel, FHWA has prepared a useful set of frequently asked questions and answers. One transportation planner writes: "This is the most ordinary, well-adjusted government web page on acontroversial subject I've ever seen." Another transportation planner writes: "This FAQ summarizes the moderate pro-road position in a nutshell -- a position which implies that new highways are often worth the investment, while recognizing that induced travel is something that must be accounted for and dealt with if it exceeds beneficial levels."

Thanks to Transport Policy Listserv

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