Managing Urban Traffic Congestion

This publication describes how road congestion is a maddening feature of many large and growing urban areas. National estimates of the cost of congestion often point to losses equivalent to approximately 1% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in more heavily congested countries. However, congestion is also the result of one of the most beneficial aspects of urban development - agglomeration and its positive contribution to GDP. How can urban regions balance the benefits of agglomeration and the disadvantages of congestion? This report seeks to answer key question in managing urban traffic congestion. What exactly is congestion, and when is it excessive? What are the costs and other impacts of congestion? What strategic vision should guide congestion management policies? What technology and operational options are available? What should a reasonable and effective congestion management strategy look like? The report was prepared by an international Working Group of the Joint Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development/European Conference of Ministers of Transport (OECD/ECMT) Transport Research Centre and provides a thorough overview of the nature, scope and measurement of congestion, necessary for any effective management policy. The publication offers policy-oriented, research-based recommendations for effectively managing traffic and cutting excess congestion in large urban areas.

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    European Conference of Ministers of Transport

    2 rue Andre Pascal
    F-75775 Paris Cedex 16,   France 
  • Publication Date: 2007


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;

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  • Accession Number: 01054219
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789282101285
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 9 2007 4:30PM