Berkeley Planning Journal
Congestion, Growth, and Public Choices
- Author(s): Cervero, Robert
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/BP33213179
Within a fairly short period of time, traffic congestion has eclipsed virtually every other concern -- be it crime, unemployment, or air pol lution -- as America's number one urban problem. Public opinion polls in San Francisco, Atlanta, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and at least a dozen other urbanized areas show citizens are more fed up with con gestion than with anything else. In the Bay Area, congestion has been pegged by areawide residents as the number one public menace for four years straight, outdistancing its closest rival -- air pollution -- by more than two-to-one.
Such widespread dissatisfaction reflects, in part, the fact that con gestion now afflicts nearly all commuters to some degree, whether headed downtown, reverse-commuting, or traveling on a secondary road. While only a decade ago congestion was the scourge of down town commuters, today it pervades the freeway networks of most large and medium-sized cities.