Smart cities are now recognizing errors of the past, cancelling highway-building plans, and simply tearing freeways down...These include Milwaukee, Seoul, Toronto, Bogata, Chenzhen, and even Los Angeles.
The Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives' report Transportation Transformation shows how shifting investment from freeways to transit, electric rail and other efficient modes could rapidly reduce carbon emissions and make our communities more livable.
The Livable Region Coalition has formulated a proposal which, for a mere $300-$500 million, would reduce traffic congestion and move more people more efficiently, cleanly and comfortably, than Gateway's $7 billion plan.
There is no single magic remedy for traffic congestion. However, cities around the world are finding innovative solutions which do not center on road expansion. These are always a mixed bag which may include efficient transit systems, road pricing, land use planning, revitalized rail networks, tolling, and incentives for cycling, walking and car-sharing.