More road - less traffic?

Letter to Editor
The Tampa Tribune
May 19, 2007
Print Version
A record $500 million is being recommended to be spent over the next five years
on transportation improvement. Let every Hillsborough County resident know
that the money spent on any additional roads or lanes will reduce traffic only
marginally, while increase growth considerably.

In a University of California study done of 30 urban areas, every 10 percent
increase in new-lane miles resulted in a 9 percent increase in traffic. The logic is
straightforward - new roads attract more residents and businesses and also
attract new commuters who save time with newer roads and additional lanes.

It is up to our politicians to promote proper growth - one that puts a premium
on attracting high technological and modern biological industry to our county.

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