What’s being done about it?
Managing congestion is not quite as easy as recognizing it. However, the first thing to consider when looking at strategies is that usually congestion is not simply a “road” issue but is a systemic issue — both the causes and solutions encompass all parts of the transportation system.
COMPASS’ Congestion Management Process and Complete Network Policy work in tandem to manage congestion by identifying the best routes for different travel modes and ways to improve reliability and efficiency beyond simply building more roads.
For example, improving bike lanes along bike-focused corridors not only provides for a safer biking experience, but also reduces conflicts with other modes on other corridors and helps promote biking, which helps decrease the number of cars on the road.
Other types of congestion management strategies include timing traffic signals, better informing commuters of road and travel conditions, increasing bus service, encouraging alternate work schedules, and reducing or eliminating left turns into or out of driveways and parking lots.