Congestion is only getting worse: Financial Post

August 30, 2019 by School of Cities Staff

In a four-part series, the Financial Post spoke with experts from industry, academia and government over the past six months about the costs of congestion and how to mitigate its burden on individuals and businesses.

School of Cities faculty affiliates Professor Eric Miller of civil engineering, director of the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI) and civil engineering Assistant Professor and UTTRI faculty Shoshanna Saxe, comment.

"A successful city is going to be a congested city,” said Miller. “You can’t accommodate all those people and all those trips,” Miller said. “We can’t build enough roads. We have to be finding alternate ways.”

The King Street pilot project in Toronto, which limited car traffic and increased streetcar ridership, could be one way to get people moving, including bus-only lanes on major routes, as other major project develop, said Saxe.

“It’s the kind of thing you can do over a weekend. It’s fast. Do those things,” she said, noting that stable funding is needed for mass transit projects, and even those will not solve everything. 

Miller added, “It’s not rocket science. The notion that congestion is a wicked problem is misstating it,” he said. “There really are solutions and we know what they are. The wickedness is how do we pass the politics.”

Read the article in the Financial Post