Transit’s the real fix for traffic problems
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