One of the most unpleasant aspects of life in many North American cities, and, in suburban areas as well, is traffic congestion. The total cost of congestion is estimated to have exceeded $6 billion annually for both Los Angeles and New York in 1988, and the costs of delay, wasted fuel, and insurance exceeded $1 billion annually in each of 8 other areas. A 1989 study by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) debunked many of the myths concerning the relationship between growth and transportation, while a study that same year by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) identified 36 specific actions that could be taken to alleviate traffic congestion and improve mobility. This booklet builds on these earlier publications, as well as on the findings of a survey conducted in 1990 by ULI and ITE to identify successful tools that are being used by many communities to reduce traffic congestion. The sponsors found a wide array of approaches and ideas, both expensive capital investments and simple improvements, that have been made quickly and cheaply. The 12 tools presented here include several examples of each, as well as some of the potential difficulties in implementing them. They are described in order of increasing complexity, and grouped in four general categories: basic tools; immediate action tools; advanced tools; and new tools.

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    Urban Land Institute

    625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 400
    Washington, DC  United States  20004
  • Publication Date: 1991


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 12 p.

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Congestion management systems; Mobility
  • Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation; I21: Planning of Transport Infrastructure;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723637
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0874207185
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 10 1996 12:00AM