Rail Service’s Role in California’s Road Diet


By Noel T. Braymer

For over 100 years the United States has tried to build more roads and highways to eliminate traffic congestion. In the 1950’s and 60’s freeways were built in the hopes that they would relieve traffic congestion in the cities. The simple fact is congestion is worse now than ever. Why is that? What traffic engineers have found is the more roads we build, the more people drive. A recent example of this was in Los Angeles with the recent construction of car pool lanes in the 405 freeway between Westwood and the San Fernando Valley which took several years to build. Since this project has been completed, traffic congestion in this section of the 405 is back to the same levels of congestion as before the car pool lanes were built. This doesn’t include the increased congestion caused by construction during the time the car pool…

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