Monday, January 9, 2012

More Roads = More Traffic

If only to put this in a place where I can fill a post with keywords to jog my own memory and the search interface for the site...

I'm always looking for this study and never able to find it when I need it:

First, here is the article citing the University of Toronto transportation study that found a one to one relationship between increases in lane miles and increases in Vehicle Miles Travelled, meaning if road miles double over a period of time, we (the citizens of that town) are all also driving double from the beginning of that period of time. The necessary implication is that more roads, everything is further apart. And really, for no good reason, because no matter the infrastructure we always ensure linkages between the things we need and want. Such is the city. May we no longer prioritize the unsustainability of expensive infrastructure and personal automobile transportation at the expense of a more efficient city. Efficient, in how a city functions, and not as a traffic engineer sees efficiency, traffic speed and level of service.

Here is the link to the actual report:
They're not playing around. Law. Not hypothesis. Not theory. Law. Fact.

And since I'm here, let me dump the correlated University of Brown economics study that showed for every new intracity highway constructed equates to 18% loss in population.

Simultaneously gutting tax base whilst heaping infrastructural cost/maintenance burdens onto that lessened tax base. This should end well...