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 percentÃ¢â?¬â??certainly progress, but hardly enough to end congestionÃ¢â?¬â??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 andÃ¢â?¬â??in some casesÃ¢â?¬â??building roads.