Image: Ramboll used unique indicator derived evaluation tools to plan the layout and operations of the future railway traffic in Helsinki, Finland
A need for holistic traffic planning
The future infrastructure challenges that our cities will face are difficult to forecast, as is the extent of population growth or the city area that will undergo the greatest expansion. Despite these uncertainties, however, it pays to create thorough long-term traffic plans and to take into account all aspects of urban life and transport solutions. Alan Pauling rounds off by saying:
“It is important to think about people and why they need to move, and then think about the mode. We have to see cars as a secondary priority. We need roads, but providing cities with other alternatives is more sustainable, healthier and creates a more liveable city than expanding roads does.”
The five most traffic-congested cities in 2013
- Moscow, Russia
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Warsaw, Poland
- Palermo, Italy
According to the TomTom Traffic Index, these are the five cities that experienced the sharpest increases in travel times between non-congested periods and peak periods. Cities in Asia are not included in the index due to insufficient data.
Source: The TomTom Traffic Index 2013.