Building More Roads Is Not The Solution

“If we build more capacity for cars, what we’ll end up with is more cars,” said Joseph Kott, vice president of Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities and a former transportation planning manager for C/CAG. San Mateo County Officials Insist on Failed Strategy of Widening Highway 101

TxDOT/CTRMA admits “there will be peak hour congestion on the proposed project after it’s built.”

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Our transportation planning process assumes a continued growth of vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) – even though actual data proves otherwise (see chart at left) and it’s known that people are driving less.

“CAMPO predicts vehicle travel in the region could double by 2040, while road capacity will only increase by an estimated 15 percent.”
CAMPO 2040 Plan (Page 50)

We Need Comprehensive Transportation Planning

“Conventional transportation planning (TxDOT’s method) tends to use a reductionist evaluation model, that is, the planning process often focuses on just one or two problems and objectives at a time. For example, one government agency may be responsible just for traffic congestion problems and mobility improvement objectives. Another agency may be responsible just for traffic safety. Other agencies are responsible for emission reductions, energy conservation, security, mobility for non-drivers, land use planning, affordable housing, economic development, and the development of public facilities (such as schools).” Comprehensive Transport Planning: Creating a Comprehensive Framework for Transportation Planning and Policy Analysis

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“Portland, Oregon owes much of its economic and community development successes to its highly developed and successful comprehensive transportation system – one of the best in the country.”
The Economic Benefits of a Comprehensive Transportation System

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