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Gridlockóget used to it

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 percent–certainly progress, but hardly enough to end congestion–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 and–in some cases–building roads.

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