Comment 28752

By LL (registered) - website | Posted February 17, 2009 at 13:29:15

"Although highways showed high economic returns during the 1950s and 60s, this declined significantly by the 1990s and has probably continued to decline since the most cost effective projects have already been implemented, as indicated in Figure 5."

I think there was some serious Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis being played in council chambers when they decided to make Red Hill Extortionway happen.

I found the stats about Portland interesting. Note that they their Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) per capita was one of the lowest, while their proportion of transit usage was not all that spectacular. A lot of people are still driving there, but they don't have to go as far. It goes to show that sensible land use and balanced transportation policy isn't about punishing the driver. It's about providing freedom of choice for all.

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