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Traffic Congestion, Part One: Sources and Responses

This course explains sources of traffic congestion while also examining the common preconceptions that inform how planners and policy-makers respond to the challenge of reducing congestion, for better or worse.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (68 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2022
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    1. Introduction Chapter Duration 3 mins
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    2. What is Congestion? Chapter Duration 18 mins
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    3. An Economic Perspective Chapter Duration 9 mins
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    4. Congestion Damages, Part I Chapter Duration 9 mins
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    5. Congestion Damages, Part II Chapter Duration 11 mins
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    6. Fighting Congestion and Losing: Adding Capacity Chapter Duration 9 mins
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    7. Fighting Congestion and Losing: Limiting Capacity Chapter Duration 5 mins
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    8. Conclusion Chapter Duration 1 min

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the sources of traffic congestion, from both an economic and an engineering perspective
  • Gain a holistic understanding of congestion’s costs.
  • Learn the strengths and (especially) shortcomings of common ways to fight traffic congestion.
  • Learn about the common preconceptions that inform the way we try to fight congestion.
  • Understand the damage congestion creates. 
  • Understand where congestion comes from and why conventional approaches to reduce it don't work.

Course Description

Traffic congestion is an omnipresent topic in planning. Congestion is mentioned and analyzed in the evaluation of virtually every development proposal; long term regional plans are built around projections of congestion and ideas about how to reduce it; and congestion, for better or worse, is the single-largest concern in transportation planning. Congestion is also greatly misunderstood, in both its causes and its effects.

The "Traffic Congestion, Part One" course considers congestion’s causes and impacts and, in light of these, discusses attempts to fight congestion by building roads, building transit, and using land use regulation and Transportation Demand Management (TDM).

Learn these skills

  • Development
  • Land Use
  • Parking
  • Public Health
  • Transportation
  • Urbanism

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

Meet Your Instructor

Michael Manville

Michael Manville

Michael Manville is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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