I double-dare you to ask transportation experts to explain induced demand – Andy Boenau – speakeasy.substack.com
Here’s how to explain car-oriented transportation planning:
“Welcome to the restaurant. Let me tell you about our menu. Pizza is all-you-can-eat, and it’s free. Everything else costs $50 each, and takes 8 hours to prepare. So, what can I get you?”
Of course they don’t—it undermines the vast majority of major infrastructure projects. Bring up induced demand with a group of consultants who need to win that big road widening contract, and see how quickly the subject change
How do modernist transportation planners recommend handling congestion? By recommending new vehicle lanes.
What happens when you build new vehicle lanes to handle traffic congestion? The vehicle lanes fill up with more traffic congestion.
As they themselves have said for decades, you cannot build your way out of congestion. But every week you can do a quick internet search to see a bunch of new attempts.