California’s roads crisis: No matter how smooth the ride, congestion will remain

"Lawmakers are debating how to find money to fix the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges. But it will be almost impossible to end Californians’ top driving headache – congestion.

Making roads wider is a traditional solution. But this holds little appeal in California, where land is expensive and urban corridors are densely packed. Also, for environmental reasons, officials want people to drive less.

So future solutions will rely heavily on measures to manage traffic demand and on incentives to encourage Californians to get off the roads and onto public transit or bikes. The emerging revolution in automobile technology, with automated driving features and carpooling apps, will also help.

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