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Induced Demand

January 2, 2020, 11am PST
Solo drivers in the Golden State will have more options to escape traffic congestion on busy freeways – for a price, as transportation agencies increasing decide to convert existing carpool lanes to high-occupancy toll lanes and add new ones.
Los Angeles Times
January 2, 2020, 6am PST
Traffic data shows more and more cars and trucks using the new Tappan Zee Bridge in 2019, in what looks like an obvious case of induced demand.
Times Herald-Record
November 19, 2019, 2pm PST
The companies behind navigation apps say they want to decrease congestion in cities. But a tool that is essentially designed to help individuals isn’t going to provide a collective benefit.
CityLab
November 19, 2019, 12pm PST
A small group of test subjects, enabled with the use of a chauffeur, increased driving distances by a collective 83 percent.
Jalopnik
September 12, 2019, 8am PDT
Jeff Speck, planning consultant and author of Walkable City, writes an opinion piece for the Houston Chronicle to oppose the plan to widen the I-45 freeway in Houston.
Houston Chronicle
June 12, 2019, 12pm PDT
Applied to roads, the theory of induced demand says new construction only brings out more users. But can something similar be said of housing? According to this research, the likely answer is no.
City Observatory
May 8, 2019, 8am PDT
The lesson of the I-405 widening project that birthed meme-worthy events like "Carmageddon": widening a freeway won't reduce congestion for long, if ever.
Curbed Los Angeles
September 8, 2018, 1pm PDT
CityLab University tackles a widely misunderstood concept: induced demand.
CityLab
July 9, 2018, 9am PDT
A pro-business group in Toronto wants to expand a highway, but a Toronto columnist wants to make readers aware of why the plan might not work out as hoped.
The Star
July 4, 2018, 7am PDT
U.S. PIRG's list of 'Highway Boondoggles' puts Maryland's $9 billion I-270 expansion among the worst projects in the country.
The Washington Post
July 2, 2018, 10am PDT
In a new report, U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group describe nine costly highway projects amounting to $30 billion in their fourth annual "Highway Boondoggles" report. All share the theme of induced travel demand.
Frontier Group
May 15, 2018, 7am PDT
In car-dependent communities, road diets and bike lanes can be a tough sell.
CityLab
May 4, 2018, 2pm PDT
A survey of recent planning decisions demonstrates that cities are no longer necessarily looking to more and bigger highways to solve their traffic problems.
The New York Times
March 13, 2018, 10am PDT
How we pay for our roads will play a big role in what happens to cities when autonomous vehicles become common place in cities.
The Economist
February 26, 2018, 9am PST
That's how the Los Angeles Times editorial board characterized the $6 billion plan by Los Angeles Metro to widen the 710 freeway. "A waste of money," they assert. Key to the solution is how to deal with goods movement from the seaport complex.
Los Angeles Times
November 10, 2017, 7am PST
Commuting statistics have held consistent, according to Census data, even as the number of people working from home continues to climb.
Governing
September 29, 2017, 6am PDT
Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) announced last week plans for the largest highway contract awarded to a public-private partnership: adding four express toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and I-270. A third highway widening will be completed internally.
Planetizen
March 13, 2017, 12pm PDT
The networked sensors and signals in Ann Arbor give the city a coordinated way to respond to traffic.
Wired
December 22, 2016, 11am PST
Was the I-405 widening project worth it for Los Angeles? Depends on whom you ask.
Los Angeles Times
November 10, 2016, 11am PST
Seattle is set to build a nine-lane tunnel on its waterfront, the Urbanist's Ryan Packer is disappointed with its design and the project's stated goals.
The Urbanist