Reid Ewing, chair of the University of Utah City & Metropolitan Planning department and director of the University of Utah Metropolitan Research Center weighs in on the Trinity Parkway project:
“If you make it possible to travel faster, you make it possible to travel farther,” said Reid Ewing, director of the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Research Center.
Rush hour bottlenecks are frequently used to justify adding highway lanes to existing road networks. A growing number of urban planning experts, though, say the distances people must drive to complete their daily tasks is a better indicator of regional mobility. They say farther distances indicate worse mobility – and require more public funds for road construction and maintenance.
Source: Trinity Parkway will prompt Dallas drivers to travel an extra 1 million miles a day
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