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Make It Wider? The Persistent Problem of Induced Demand

23 Oct 2022 | Abstracted from Bloomberg

"With 26 lanes at its widest point, the Katy Freeway in the Houston metro is the Mississippi River of car infrastructure [costing] $2.8 billion...after the freeway was widened, congestion got worse...textbook example of a counterintuitive urban transportation phenomenon: induced demand.

"... latent demand can be difficult to disentangle from generated demand - the new traffic that is a direct result of the new capacity."



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