Saturday, February 17, 2018

Too much traffic on T&T’s roads*

Every day, we are reminded transportation is at the heart of human and economic development. Yet, we are frequently stuck in severe, bottle-neck congestion, which negatively impacts our productivity, health and arrival times.
Each day we find ourselves asking: will building more roads and highways stop congestion? Why am I still stuck in traffic if I left home at 4 a.m.? What can be done to stop all this traffic? Why do I waste my time?
Over the last 30 years, the solution of various governments to transport congestion was to create and expand new or existing roads and highways. This was done without the provision of viable alternative transit options. These construction projects simply increased the amount of road space made available.
However, that wasn’t a sustainable or feasible practice; as while the supply of vehicles continues to increase, drivers would continue to demand more road space.

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