Traffic Congestion

A curious discrepancy between two major congestion reports using the same data: There is a profound and unexplained discrepancy between the travel trends in the latest Urban Mobility Scorecard report and the data provided by Inrix.
Sep 3, 2015   City Commentary
Although transport planners consider traffic congestion economically harmful, economic productivity tends to increase with congestion and decline with increased road supply. This paradox can be explained by more nuanced analysis of accessibility.
Jun 24, 2014   The Vancouver Sun
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I will be speaking about ways to identify truly optimal solutions to traffic congestion at the Solving Gridlock Forum next Monday in Toronto. Blog Post
Jun 11, 2014   By Todd Litman
Robert Bruegmann, professor emeritus of art history, architecture, and urban planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, defends the recent attacks against Atlanta, especially regarding its sprawling footprint.
May 17, 2014   Politico
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The Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance, Report To Congress (C&P) is intended to provide decision-makers with an objective appraisal of the physical conditions and operational performa Blog Post
May 8, 2014   By Todd Litman
My recent Planetizen column, Smarter Congestion Solutions in 2014, discusses best practices for traffic congestion evaluation. Blog Post
Jan 3, 2014   By Todd Litman
Most people consider traffic congestion wasteful and frustrating, but there are contentious debates concerning which solution is best: whether to expand roadways, improve rail or bus transit services, apply road pricing, or implement transportation demand management strategies. Blog Post
Dec 29, 2013   By Todd Litman
Build more lanes, improve operations, let cars do the driving: Are these the best ways to reduce traffic congestion? Richard Mudge thinks a more effective route may be to offer financial incentives to keep people off the roads.
Sep 23, 2013   Eno Brief Newsletter
The Texas Transportation Institute’s annual Urban Mobility Report (UMR) is a commonly cited source of congestion cost estimates. Blog Post
Sep 3, 2013   By Todd Litman
Architect and planner Gerhard W. Mayer asserts that a city developed to accommodate cars is no place for paltry public transit offerings; Los Angeles needs major changes to its DNA if it wants to remain viable.
Sep 3, 2013   The Architect's Newspaper
One of a planner’s main jobs is to produce objective technical analysis. We assemble and organize data so the facts can speak for themselves. However, behind most technical reports is a dramatic story. Blog Post
Mar 6, 2013   By Todd Litman