Even In Phoenix, You Can't Build Your Way Out of Congestion

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A recent op-ed in Canada's Globe and Mail argued that yes, you can build your way out of congestion by building more roads, because after all, Phoenix built lots of roads and they don't have that much congestion.  The author invoked the Texas Transportation Institute's report on Phoenix  to show that government spending on highways reduces congestion.  However, he should have read the TTI report more carefully: between 1982 and 2011, freeway mileage in Phoenix increased eightfold, but congestion-related delay per motorist increased from 24 hours to 35 hours, nearly a 50 percent increase. 


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