Induced travel in the news!

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  • New York Times quotes Susan Handy on the induced travel phenomenon.

On January 6, 2023, the New York Times asked, "Widening Highways Doesn’t Fix Traffic. So Why Do We Keep Doing It?" 

“It’s a pretty basic economic principle that if you reduce the price of a good then people will consume more of it,” Susan Handy, a professor of environmental science and policy at the University of California, Davis, said. “That’s essentially what we’re doing when we expand freeways.”