A CENTURY OF FIGHTING TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN LOS ANGELES
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) is studying congestion pricing to manage the region’s heavy traffic and unpredictable travel times. We examined a century of programs to reduce congestion and found that several strategies were pursued over and over again in different eras. Los Angeles repeatedly built new street, highway, and transit capacity, regulated drivers and vehicle traffic flows, increased the use of information about traffic conditions, and controlled land use to influence traffic. Road pricing was proposed a century ago but not implemented and congestion grew despite these many efforts. In this webinar, learn how current studies are promising and can be informed by lessons learned from past congestion policies.
Martin Wachs, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering and City and Regional Planning, University of California
Peter Sebastian Chesney, Ph.D Candidate and Fellow at the Center for History and Policy, University of California
Yu Hong Hwang, Master’s Candidate in Urban and Regional Planning, University of California
Jeff Davis, Senior Fellow, Eno Center for Transportation