It’s congestion day at Portland Transport! All three posts today will be on various aspects of the issue of roadway congestion.
Jim Mayer has a niece piece in the Sunday O (“Car-choked highways certain to get worse“) about the current and likely future states of auto congestion in the region.
It does a nice job of identifying the dynamics, and the choke points that are unlikely to be cost-effective to address.
The conclusion is that in many cases we will manage congestion by letting people wait.
I continue to suspect that pricing the freeway system (with appropriate investments in alternatives to create choices, and some system for managing equity for those for whom tolls are a hardship) would be a much more rational approach.