In a mind-blowing development reported on NPR last week (sarcasm), a recent study reveals that, YES, if you pave more miles of highway, more people will drive on them! Apparently Los Angeles is widening interstate 405 in an effort to — you guessed it — ease traffic congestion. This just in: It doesn't work.
From the study out of University of Toronto:
"What we found was that in cities where there was more roads, there was more driving...In particular, if you had 1 percent more roads, you had 1 percent more driving in those cities."
So what does work to reduce traffic? Congestion pricing (watch this terrific video from Street Films as a tutorial). Though a pretty new concept for most Americans (and a big culture shock), placing a toll on driving works great in...