Managing Urban Traffic Congestion
Project Description
Cities and traffic have developed hand-in-hand since the earliest large human settlements. The same forces that draw inhabitants to congregate in large urban areas also lead to sometimes intolerable levels of traffic congestion on urban streets and thoroughfares posing a formidable challenge for all large and growing urban areas. Effective urban governance requires a careful balancing between the benefits of agglomeration and the dis-benefits of excessive congestion.

The Working Group on Tacking Congestion in Large Urban Areas (2004-2006) in its report "Managing Urban Traffic Congestion" put forth a set of policy-oriented, research-based recommendations for effectively managing traffic congestion and eliminating excessive congestion in large urban areas.

The report seeks to answer key questions related to the management of urban traffic congestion. What exactly is congestion? What does it prevent us from accomplishing? What is excessive congestion? What are the costs and other impacts of congestion? What strategic vision should guide congestion management policies? What technology and operational options are available? What should a reasonable and effective congestion management strategy look like?

The report aims to provide policymakers and technical staff with the strategic vision, conceptual frameworks and guidance on some of the practical tools necessary to manage congestion in such a way as to reduce its overall impact on individuals, families, communities and societies.

The Working Group was chaired by Mr. Tom Worsley of the United Kingdom and was composed of members from Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.

For more information, please contact: Philippe CRIST
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