Peak-Hour Traffic Congestion

Anthony Downs

My name is Anthony Downs, and I am a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. I am the author of the 1992 book Stuck In Traffic, which deals with the causes of and possible remedies for peak-hour traffic congestion, and which I am now revising for a second edition. The views I state here are solely my own, and not those of the Brookings Institution, its Trustees, or its other staff members.

My comments will consist of a series of major points, with some supporting discussion of each. These points are focused on a realistic view of the nature of traffic congestion, both present and future, and what actions might be taken to relieve it.