Friday, May 16, 2014

Jennifer Keesmaat in the Toronto Star — Fight Congestion: Densify Eglinton Avenue

It’s a well-known fact that it’s not possible to relieve traffic congestion by building more roads in a rapidly densifying city. Research has shown that when we add capacity to our road network, within a very short period of time additional commuters are induced to drive, leading to impassable congestion.
Two University of Toronto professors, Gilles Duranton and Matthew Turner, quantified this phenomena through historical data, showing that road construction goes hand-in-hand with an increase in traffic thanks to the “fundamental law of road congestion.” Read more: By densifying Eglinton, we can fight congestion | Toronto Star

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