Traffic Congestion in Los Angeles

Traffic Congestion in Los Angeles

An analysis of the major problems affecting the people of Los Angeles portrays the problematic issue of traffic congestion. Indeed, the city is touted as the most affected with statistics showing that travelers sped more than 40 minutes of their time in traffic for every one hour travelled.  The problem is not however isolated to the city as it is a log-standing urban problem facing all the major cities across the globe. That notwithstanding, traffic congestion in Los Angeles is quite unique as it has continued to increase with increases in population density against the normal trends. It results from an imbalance between the supply of roads and the demand for driving and especially during peak hours (Taylor, 2012). Any solution to the problem of traffic congestion in Los Angeles must either focus on the boosting of road supply or the management of demand during peak driving hours. Still, the problem has persisted despite various interventions initiated by the government to tackle the issue of traffic congestion.

One of the most cited solutions to the traffic congestion issue is the increase of roads to cater for increased demand for driving. Indeed, calls for such a solution are driven by the observation that miles traveled have been increasing at a faster rate than the supply of roads. It is therefore easier to conclude that a rigorous campaign to construct roads would solve Los Angeles problems. However, the building of roads itself cannot sufficiently tackle the traffic congestion because it loses its effectiveness over time. According to Brown, Morris & Taylor (2009), road construction is faced with the triple convergence phenomenon whereby improvements in road capacity attract additional travelers thus compounding the problem. In fact improvements in road standards during peak hours of driving result in more travelers that otherwise used the roads at other times. Although road building does promote greater aggregate mo

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