This was an interesting article that appeared in the New York Time magazine not too long ago. There are many errors in his thinking but I'd like to point two huge ones.
First, the writer actually believes we need to build more highways to relieve current congestion!!
From the article:
>>>>>The reason for Los Angeles's traffic morass is that it didn't build enough freeways, incredible as that sounds. The great symbol of sprawl is not what it seems when you compare it with other cities using the Census Bureau's definition of an ''urbanized area,'' which extends until the point where there's open countryside. By this definition, Los Angeles is the most densely populated city in America, with 7,068 persons per square mile of urbanized area. Its traffic is terrible because it built only about half the freeways originally planned, so that it now has fewer miles of freeway per capita than any other major city.<<<<<<<
This is insanity because Los Angeles is two thirds highway and street roads! Where are you going to construct more freeways because I don't see any more room and if you don't believe me, look at Mapquest! There is no more space in Los Angeles to build another 5,000 miles of expressways so this idea is out of the question. Furthermore, I doubt there ever was an initiative to build these highways or there would only be freeways and no city!
The second point is the writer's belief in tolling of all roads as a solution to our traffic problems. While I do believe a high toll will deminish some of the traffic, it raises the cost of driving significantly for the poor and middle class. The tolling of American roads is just around the corner because it has Washingtons' approval and when this happens, driving will no longer be inexpensive. A toll once established raises it's rates ever 2 to 5 years and if every road ends up tolled, we can see a situation like Japan where driving 25 miles to the airport can set you back $50.00 bucks.
It makes you feel good that we have an alternative (the bicycle) should driving get too costly.