Traffic Jam: How to Reduce Congestion

Will stimulus money help revitalize the highway system? Comparing the transit systems in Denver, Portland and New York City

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

By 2050, there will be 130 million more people in the country, relying on an increasingly aging and inadequate transportation system. The stimulus money is supposed to help— tens of billions of dollars are slated to revitalize states' infrastructure. But how should that money be spent in order to actually reduce congestion? Joining The Takeaway is Miles O’Brien. He's a correspondent for Blueprint America and has just finished a documentary called Road to the Future, which looks at how Denver, Portland, Ore., and New York City are rethinking transit.


Miles O'Brien

Hosted by:

Andrea Bernstein


Ailsa Chang

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I was listening this morning to the traffic announcer from Denver. Then your guest made a comment about the reporter living in Highlands Ranch and not being able to "get rid of his car". I chuckeled to myself. The lightrail system in Denver serves the elite of Highlands Ranch and surronding subdivision filled towns. Having lived in Denver for 7 years and not once owning a car I think people are willing to make any excuse to not have to inconvience themselves by helping to reduce traffic and their carbon footprint. Denver has an amazing public transportation system, although I always hated the fact that only the well to do of Denver South were able to have a lightrail system. I lived downtown for 5 years and took the train to DTC for work, it was wonderful.

May. 20 2009 10:37 AM

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