Local Congestion 101

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.

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