Title

NATIONAL CONFERENCE REPORT: STRATEGIES FOR ALLEVIATING TRAFFIC CONGESTION

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1987

Subject Area

operations - traffic, infrastructure - traffic signals, planning - environmental impact, land use - impacts, ridership - commuting, policy - fares, policy - environment, policy - congestion, economics - finance

Keywords

Traffic signals, Traffic lights, Traffic flow, Traffic control signals, Traffic congestion, Through highways, Thoroughfares, Thorofares, Teamwork, Symposia, Streets, Research, Professional personnel, Operations, Networks, Monitoring systems, Monitoring, Main roads, Local street, Highway traffic signals, Gridlock (Traffic), Funding, Financing, Finance, Environmental impacts, Environmental effects, Cooperation, Congresses, Conferences, Collaboration, City streets, Boulevards, Arterial streets, Arterial highways

Abstract

This conference outlined several challenges that the transportation professional must meet: aggressiveness in promoting the transportation agenda; encouragement of cooperative efforts among federal, state, regional, and local governments and the private sector to address the many facets of the problem; a groundwork must be laid for a post-interstate federal-aid surface transportation program; critical metropolitan transportation networks must be identified and the framework and funding to monitor, operate, improve, and maintain them should be put together; project development and approval must be streamlined; major research programs in traffic operations should be promoted; more qualified persons should be recruited into the transportation profession. The conference, which was organized as a series of concurrent sessions, focused on the following areas: reducing freeway traffic congestion; improving traffic flow on arterial and local streets; managing site development transportation impacts; financing transportation improvements and programs; applying transit, ridersharing, and other demand strategies; traffic signals - timing, systems and maintenance; building support for transportation programs; and putting it all together.