Intensification, Traffic Congestion and Air Pollution

Public Health and Downtown Traffic (Marcus Bowman , Spacing Toronto, Jul. 21, 2011)

Also discussed here: Ottawa’s clogged roads near capacity (Open File Ottawa, Nov. 18, 2010)

And here: Queue Interactions in Synchro 6 (12 page Word doc,  Synchro 6)
Today, we focus on some articles that describe how congested cities, such as Toronto and Ottawa, are becoming as the density of the urban population increases and leads to traffic flows that exceed road capacity, queuing at intersections and unnecessary idling and emissions. One ‘solution” is to widen roads to increase capacity but “widening roads to fight congestion is like loosening your belt to fight obesity”.

To see Quotes and Links to key reports about this post, click HERE

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