Traffic Congestion

April 7, 2009, 8am PDT
Officials in Lagos, Nigeria, are praising the recently installed Bus Rapid Transit system as making distinct improvements in mobility for the crowded and growing African city.
This Day
December 17, 2008, 7am PST
In this op-ed, the executive director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority makes a case for congestion pricing in the City, though he is quick to indicate the SFCTA is only studying the concept to see if it could be applied there.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 1, 2008, 8am PST
Author Paul Sorensen details the findings of a recent RAND study recommending short term (i.e., within five years) fixes for rampant congestion in Southern California.
The Planning Report
October 21, 2008, 1pm PDT
According to Neal Payton, Santa Monica's Proposition T, intended to cut traffic growth, is useless.
October 17, 2008, 11am PDT
What do you get when you designate a carpool lane on a toll road for hybrids and carpoolers? A 'green' lane, say Illinois planners. However, they still pay the toll. Now add a "HOT lane overlay" to it - solo drivers can use it for a 'premium'.
Chicago Sun-Times
October 15, 2008, 10am PDT
Paradoxically, Chicago's roads are more gridlocked than ever despite fewer trips by car overall due to gas prices.
Chicago Tribune
July 12, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Business owners fear dedicated transit lane would discourage shopping along Telegraph Avenue, while proponents look to BRT as a cheap way to clear up traffic.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
June 22, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This segment from <em>NPR</em> features a discussion with Houston Mayor Bill White about the city's increasing congestion, the limits of zoning, and the population's reaction to rising gas prices.</p>
June 17, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>In Boston, the MBTA and city planners are weighing the benefits and drawbacks of creating transit-oriented development along a major traffic corridor.</p>
The Boston Globe
June 17, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Earth Island Journal takes an in-depth look at how and why congestion pricing got the kibosh in New York.</p>
Earth Island Journal
June 4, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>This article from <em>Reason</em> argues that a double-decker traffic tunnel can effectively reduce congestion in Atlanta -- one of the most congested cities in America.</p>
May 31, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Americans are notoriously bad at navigating European-style traffic circles, but it seems Canadians are also confounded.</p>
The Edmonton Sun
May 27, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>In a policy analysis for the Cato Institute, Randal O'Toole reviews plans for more than 75 of the nation's largest metropolitan areas reveals that virtually all of them fail to follow standard planning methods, and half of them are not effective.</p>
Cato Institute
April 15, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Avoiding traffic congestion may soon be as easy as surfing the web, thanks to new web software that maps out congestion and calculates the best and most efficient driving routes.</p>
The New York Times
March 25, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Officials in New York are pleading their case for a congestion pricing plan before city councilors as the April 7 deadline for approval approaches.</p>
The Daily News
March 6, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Researchers in Japan have created a live model of the so-called "shockwave" theory to explain traffic congestion.</p>
New Scientist
Blog post
September 27, 2007, 4pm PDT

The newest Texas Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Report was recently released, stimulating discussion of congestion costs and potential solutions. Here are some things you should know when evaluating these issues.

Todd Litman