On the Folly of Adding to Freeway Capacity

Transportation Choices Principal Dr. Joe Kott was interviewed recently for SF Streetsblog on a controversial proposal to add freeway capacity for cars on Highway 101 south of San Francisco in  suburban San Mateo County. The highway widening solution has a marked tendency to feed on itself, as Dr. Kott points out, in that after a great expenditure to “solve” traffic congestion it almost invariably leads to the appearance of even more cars. In turn this results in more car dependence and more auto traffic congestion, hence pressure for more highway widening!