New Highways & Bridges Will Not Reduce Congestion – It will Increse It!

Bigger and wider bridges and adding new lanes to existing highways will not reduce congestion, but do the opposite, increase it! Yet this is the BC’s governments big transportation plan.

TransLink continues to plan for a “Toonerville Trolley” for Surrey, instead of building useful LRT that will serve transit customers andAi?? a $3 billion subway under Broadway for the now obsolete SkyTrain light-metro. Both projects will not attract ridership and most likely deter ridership because of their ill design.

We are talking over $5 billion for two transit projects that will not reduce congestion, nor offer an attractive alternative to the car, so the province and MoT continue to try to blacktop our way out of congestion and gridlock.

Instead of planning for user friendly, easy to use and efficient transit for the Vancouver metro region, the taxpayer will be saddled with about $10 billion in debt for three vanity projects (Massey tunnel replacement, Vancouver subway and Surrey LRT) built to increase the electability of those in political office and not improve our miserable regional transit operation.

Until sane and realistic planning takes place in the metro Vancouver region, the taxpayer is being taken, blindfolded and gagged, on a long bumpy ride whether he/she like it or not.

The sad part is, congestion will only worsen!

After I-25 Was Widened, It Filled Back Up With Cars in Less Than 5 Years

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Colorado spentAi??$1.2 billion to widen I-25, and all it got was more traffic and no congestion relief. Why does Governor John Hickenlooper think thatAi??widening I-70 will be any different?

In thisAi??chart, you can see why spending billions to widenAi??highways is a shortsighted, ineffective way to deal with peopleai??i??s travel needs. About two years after the widening wrapped up, I-25 was just as congested as it was when construction started, and within five years it was more clogged than ever.

The term for this is ai???induced demand.ai??? When cities make more room for cars, people drive more. Usually within a few years, any initial improvement in congestion levels has evaporated, and drivers start agitatingAi??for more lanes.

A stunning recent exampleAi??comes from Houston, where Texas DOT spent nearly $3 billion to take the Katy Freeway from eight lanes to 23 in some sections. Traffic was as slow as everAi??six years later.

In I-25, Denver has itai??i??s own (smaller)Ai??version of the Katy Freeway. Colorado DOT finished widening the highway by as many as four lanes in 2006 for theAi??project known as T-REX. In a few years,Ai??congestion on I-25 through south Denver reached pre-construction levels, according to a report by the Southwestern Energy Efficiency Project and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group.

ai???The state spent $1.2 billion on this road widening, with no long-term benefit in lowered congestion,ai??? the authors write.

 

HickenlooperAi??is ready to buildAi??a massive boondoggle of an expansion on I-70 even though he learned all about induced demandAi??in 2004 at the Mayors Institute on City and Design.

With I-25, thereai??i??s proof right under his nose that highway widenings arenai??i??t worth the expense. And yet,Ai??under Hickenlooper Colorado DOT keepsAi??repeatingAi??the same mistakes.

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