This article examines the alternative methods, used by the city of Seattle, USA, to overcome increasing traffic congestion. In a March 1995 referendum, 53% of voters rejected a proposal by its Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for a light-rail and commuter rail system for the area. The city already has many unusual measures to discourage single-occupancy car use and encourage alternatives. New alternatives being advocated include buses, cycling, and telecommuting. Commuting by bicycle is expected to play a major part in reducing car use. Seattle already has a long-term bicycle provision plan, whose measures include: (1) cycle paths; (2) cycle lanes in roads; and (3) bicycle racks on the fronts of buses, each of which can carry up to two bicycles. Bicycle lockers are also being installed at various park- and-ride locations. An extensive network of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes is expected. A new law requires less driving by lone commuters.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 73-5
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  • Accession Number: 00711258
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1995 12:00AM