… and the winner is? Is the answer to relieving urban congestion to build more roads, or invest in new public transportation? Well according to John Charles of the Cascade Policy Institute, too much reliance on public transport is not the sole solution. Comments Charles: “Urban planners have long claimed that you ‘can’t build your way out of congestion,’ but the data clearly show that new roads can and do make a difference. A new study we conducted divided cities into three categories: those with low, medium and high levels of road-building relative to increases in daily miles traveled. While public transport is helpful, only the cities that aggressively built roads during the past 20 years were able to keep congestion levels down.”

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