Public Transport Must be Affordable, Convenient – and Sustainable

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Experiences from KL-Klang Valley suggest that simultaneous investment in public transport and car ownership is folly.

In recent decades, development in Asia has been phenomenal. And so has the building of roads. From Bangkok to Beijing, the endless spaghetti of super highways has only worsened traffic congestion. Beijing, for example, has been building one outer ring road after another to handle its growing population and economy. Today it has eight outer ring roads, and the traffic has only gotten worse.

The conventional belief that persists among many of our engineers and political leaders is that more roads with more lanes will reduce traffic congestion. This is despite the fact that this claim has time and again been proven to be false. In fact, the opposite is almost always true – that more roads create more traffic congestion.


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