Measuring Traffic Congestion and Its Costs

Congestion Costing Critique – Critical Evaluation of the “Urban Mobility Report ”(19 page pdf, Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Mar. 7, 2013)

Today we review an analysis by Todd Litman of the Urban Mobility Report in which he criticizes the relatively narrow engineering view taken of congestion which tends to exaggerate the costs of traffic and leads to more road building aimed at increased vehicle speeds without considering other options which would benefit mobility in general, safety and the environment at lower cost. When compared with other vehicle costs, congestion comes out a lower one compared to car ownership, operations and parking- something that road builders seldom consider.

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


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