Tran­sit’s the real fix for traf­fic prob­lems

Edmonton Journal - - OPINION -

Re. “Hen­day should have been wider,” Let­ters, June 13

The Hen­day ring road is a pro­vin­cial project con­ceived and de­signed by the for­mer PC gov­ern­ment of Alberta, as part of their long-con­ceived trans­porta­tion util­ity cor­ri­dor around Ed­mon­ton. Any in­com­pe­tence in its de­sign and com­ple­tion can be parked there.

Se­condly, Ed­mon­ton was not ini­tially de­signed for car traf­fic.

In­deed, horse and wagon and then street­cars dom­i­nated the daily move­ment of peo­ple for decades.

Ed­mon­ton had 90 kilo­me­tres of street­car lines un­til the 1950s when the post-war au­to­mo­bile-ori­ented era launched.

Fi­nally, build­ing more roads and more lanes has never been the end so­lu­tion to any great city’s traf­fic prob­lems.

This only begets more roads and more lanes.

All truly great cities have ex­cel­lent pub­lic trans­porta­tion as the core of their trans­porta­tion strat­egy; a new gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple who want to be less re­liant on cars al­ready know this.

Un­for­tu­nately, we have not been able to co-or­di­nate pub­lic trans­porta­tion so­lu­tions be­tween our pro­vin­cial and var­i­ous lo­cal gov­ern­ments in the Ed­mon­ton re­gion to make this a re­al­ity.

Richard Schulz, Ed­mon­ton

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