You may have read about China’s two-week traffic jam that stretched more than 100 km back in August. Professor Khandker Nurul Habib of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto recently examined how this occurred in an interview. According to Professor Khandker Nurul Habib, “We have to recognize that transportation planning is not like planning the construction of a building or a bridge – it’s a continuous process. The insane congestion that took place on the Beijing-Tibet expressway was the result of poor management and not complying with the dynamic nature of transportation planning.”
According to Habib, “If you build a new road to help reduce traffic, what happens? In the short term, it may help subside some of the congestion but the condition will eventually return, as there’s now a new demand for the new road.”
Habib recommends encouraging public transit and forgoing the car for short trips as the solution to traffic congestion. Read the entire interview here.