That's essentially the thesis of long-time transportation guru Anthony Downs in this Brookings Policy Brief.
Nothing, he says, will rescue us from congestion. Not pricing, not increasing roadway capacity, not increasing transit:
Even if America's existing transit capacity were tripled and fully utilized ... that would reduce all morning private vehicle trips by only 8.0 percentâ€“certainly progress, but hardly enough to end congestionâ€“and tripling transit capacity would be extremely costly.
While Downs says there's no way to end congestion, there are ways to slow its rate of increase, including HOT Lanes andâ€“in some casesâ€“building roads.