Jarrett Walker: on congestion
A succinct post by ‘Human Transit’ blogger Jarrett Walker on vehicle congestion (and why transit doesn’t reduce it). He also explains what does. (No surprise: road pricing.)
Great line: “Current road pricing policy [i.e. free] requires motorists to save money, a renewable resource, by expending time, the least renewable resource of all. ”
Even better, he defines five indirect ways transit addresses the impacts of congestion . One I hadn’t thought of: “Surface exclusive transit lanes … improve the performance of emergency services. “
Emergency response should be one of the strongest and most obvious cases for surface transit lanes. Motorists understand the need to drop to a low speed in school zones, to protect the life of every single child. Why do we not accept come degree of delay to save a child who may be dying somewhere else, because the ambulance is stuck in traffic?
Expect this kind of insight at Jarrett’s City Program lecture – A Field Guide to Transit Debates – on August 4 at 7 pm, SFU Harbour Centre. Still some seats available, but probably not for long.
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