Reid Ewing, chair of the University of Utah City & Metropolitan Planning department and director of the University of Utah Metropolitan Research Center shares his thoughts on traffic congestion studies:
No matter the methods, experts say a chief problem with congestion studies is that they typically rely on driver speed, not the distance they have to drive. They say that method masks how dramatically sprawl affects commutes.“If you’ve got a compact development pattern and only have to commute 3 miles, even if you’re commuting at 30 mph, it’s better than having to commute for 10 miles at 60 mph,” said Reid Ewing, director of the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Research Center.
Source: Traffic studies go in 2 directions on Dallas-area congestion | Dallas Morning News
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