Urban development and traffic congestion

H. S. Levinson, J. C. Falcocchio

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Abstract

The objectives of this paper are to view contemporary traffic congestion as a phenomenon that has always existed within cities throughout history, and to recommend pragmatic modern day solutions to address/manage the congestion problem. This has been achieved by a review of the factors that create congestion, and of the roles that electric streetcars, rapid transit lines, suburban rail lines, and automobiles have played in the decongestion of cities. Examples of outcomes from past transportation improvements are illustrated to show that regional changes in transportation access create new development nodes of activities outside cities that reduce development pressures in the central city (hence reducing congestion growth there) and increase the attraction of peripheral areas to major land developments that lead to increased congestion in these areas. The paper proposes a mix of transportation and land development strategies to minimize the negative effects of urban traffic congestion in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationT and DI Congress 2011
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrated Transportation and Development for a Better Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 1st Congress of the Transportation and Development Institute of ASCE
Pages948-956
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event1st Congress of the Transportation and Development Institute of ASCE - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Mar 13 2011Mar 16 2011

Publication series

NameT and DI Congress 2011: Integrated Transportation and Development for a Better Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 1st Congress of the Transportation and Development Institute of ASCE

Other

Other1st Congress of the Transportation and Development Institute of ASCE
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period3/13/113/16/11

Keywords

  • Traffic congestion
  • Urban development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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    Levinson, H. S., & Falcocchio, J. C. (2011). Urban development and traffic congestion. In T and DI Congress 2011: Integrated Transportation and Development for a Better Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 1st Congress of the Transportation and Development Institute of ASCE (pp. 948-956). (T and DI Congress 2011: Integrated Transportation and Development for a Better Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 1st Congress of the Transportation and Development Institute of ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/41167(398)90