Nobody likes to sit in traffic, but it’s not always easy to find a solution. Should a city spend its money building new roads? What are alternative solutions? Both passages below discuss the city’s effort to build new roads to alleviate traffic congestion.
[Calgary] is unquestionably paying close attention to transportation, particularly roads. From 2004 to 2008, it will spend $1.4 billion on capital projects, earmarking 62 per cent of it for public transportation and roads.
The city is spending the money on widening roads, improving intersections and other roadway enhancements to lessen congestion and shorten commutes from the suburbs.
Source: Seskus, Tony. “Growing pains challenge planners: Thriving suburbs stress city finances.” Calgary Herald. December 29, 2003, B1. CanWest Interactive, 2003.
Calgary is already suffering its share of traffic woes; in fact, the city is trying to play road catch-up after falling behind in transportation infrastructure. Unfortunately, it is only going to get worse because, as more people move to outlying suburbs, commuter traffic and daily automobile trips will increase -- which will also increase traffic congestion. . . .
There are a number of factors which contribute to the stop-and-go traffic that drivers may experience daily. One factor often overlooked is how the city's urban form (type and pattern of development) influences automobile use and traffic. Understanding the relationship between form and consequences needs to become a priority. A successful understanding will help reduce pressure on transportation networks and reduce demand for more roads.
Source: Wilkie, Karen. “ Imagine a city where a car is an option.” The Calgary Herald. October 4, 2004. http://www.cwf.ca/abcalcwf/doc.nsf/doc/oped_oct_03_2004d.cm?Open
1. Does the author of Passage Two believe new roads will reduce traffic? Why or why not?
2. What do you think the author means by "a city's urban form?"