Traffic Jams on Main Street

by Elizabeth Deakin, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of City and Regional Planning, Institute of Transportation Studies, Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 4, Pg. 45-47

Document Type: Feature article


Traffic congestion in suburban areas has become a leading public concern prompting a renewed search for transportation and land use strategies to help relieve congestion. Causes of traffic congestion include a variety of circumstances nd issues such as urban growth, inadequate financing, lack of leadership and clearly defined authority in federal and state transportation agencies, lack of commuter alternatives, and failure to control suburban land use. Possible solutions include economically sound financial planning, greater responsibility by local governments in planning and implementing transportation facilities, and using strategies that are consistent with consumer behavior and emerging economic and social trends.

Subject Headings: Traffic congestion | Streets | Suburbs | Land use | Economic factors | Public opinions | Public transportation | Financing

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