Congestion: Myth 3

traffic congestion

Myth:
Expensive, long-term capital projects are the best way to address congestion.

Reality:
No single solution can solve congestion. Both near- and long-term solutions should be used to combat congestion.

A holistic view must be taken when looking at congestion. There is a backlog of $90B in deferred public transit maintenance and replacement projects. Upgrading infrastructure alone is a challenging feat. Policy levers and other demand shifting policies may help to mitigate congestion in the short term and are often less expensive than large capital infrastructure projects. At the same time, capital projects increase transportation capacity (e.g., public transport, roadways, and highways) and are necessary to accommodate for population and economic growth in the long term.

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The National Parking Association commissioned a top-10 consulting firm to
produce a
report on reducing congestion. The result: “Parking is a
solution to congestion.”

The report, “An Ecosystem Approach to Reducing Congestion,” reaffirms the role
of  parking in our cities. For the full study, visit WeAreParking.org/Congestion

© 2018 PwC. All rights reserved.
Produced with the participation of the National Parking Association

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Congestion: Myth 2

Myth:
E-commerce has a zero net effect on congestion.

Reality:
Online shopping is putting more delivery trucks on the road and increasing congestion, particularly at the curb.

It was long thought that the rise of e-commerce would be, at worst, neutral in terms of congestion. The theory was that any increase in delivery truck traffic would be more than offset by a reduction in solo trips to the mall in private vehicles. Changes in consumer behavior enabled by e-commerce have upended this expectation, however. Fast, free shipping, which has become the standard for online sellers, has not only increased orders but also raised the number of single package deliveries. In addition, about 30% of online orders end up being returned, compared to 9% for traditional sales. This creates extra trips. The problem is particularly acute in neighborhoods where congestion is already bad, like urban cores. There, delivery companies compete for space at the curb, often double parking and obstructing traffic.

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The National Parking Association commissioned a top-10 consulting firm to produce a
report on reducing congestion. The result: “Parking is a solution to congestion.”

The report, “An Ecosystem Approach to Reducing Congestion,” reaffirms the role of
parking in our cities. For the full study, visit WeAreParking.org/Congestion

© 2018 PwC. All rights reserved.
Produced with the participation of the National Parking Association

Congestion: Myth 1

Myth:
Ride-hailing and car-sharing services reduce the total number of cars on the road.

Reality:
Transportation network companies (TNCs) often increase the number of vehicles on
the road and miles driven. Deadhead miles account for up to 50% of miles driven.

TNC vehicles, on average, travel an extra 0.25-1 mile for every for-hire mile
driven, depending on city utilization rates. Additionally, TNCs directly compete
with more sustainable transportation modes. One-quarter of ride-hailing service
users say they would have used public transit instead if TNCs weren’t an option. TNCs also contribute to congestion by giving their drivers incentives to ignore traffic and parking regulations. In a three-month period in 2017, about 66% to 75% of all traffic violations in San Francisco were committed by TNCs.

Robotic Parking Systems has been advocating better parking options as a means to reduce congestion since 2001. Parking garages in cities do not have to be huge ugly behemoths. Automated parking facilities offer smaller garages with equal parking capacity as well as facades that can blend with any neighborhood.

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The National Parking Association commissioned a top-10 consulting firm to produce a
report on reducing congestion. The result: “Parking is a solution to congestion.”

The report, “An Ecosystem Approach to Reducing Congestion,” reaffirms the role of
parking in our cities. For the full study, visit WeAreParking.org/Congestion

© 2018 PwC. All rights reserved.
Produced with the participation of the National Parking Association