There was a shift in urban planning where freeways and streets were designed like waterways where vehicles could flow like water to their destination. This design concept would lead to development of large highways, freeways and interchanges and the conversion of an enormous amount of land to low value land for transportation use.

What we learned was vehicles do not flow like water, particularly in areas where the vehicle density surpasses the capacity of the highway. Unlike water, when the volume of vehicles on a highway is larger than the capacity of that highway everything stops. We know water will free itself, it will carve a new river from the landscape to release the energy built up in that volume. For vehicles they just stop and build up heat under the hood and heat in the person behind the wheel.

In areas where economic health brings development population increases can quickly bring transportation infrastructure to its design capacity. This economic development brings opportunity and people, and in most cases wealth. Wealth brings homes and cars in our society today which has developed a new challenge. Mobility gets worse as an area gets wealthier.

People investing in cities of the future know the market is no longer about “location, location, location” Cities of the future are about “transportation, transportation, transportation”. It becomes a matter of time, and how we spend our time. Your city planners should have a transit-oriented land use plan, particularly in areas where ongoing development and population increases are anticipated.

This is more easily handled in large urban centres where the employment opportunities and tax base is large enough to support city planning and development. If you live in a community with a permanent population of less than 10,000 people and this place hosts over 3 million visitors each year arriving by automobile, how do you plan and pay for a transit solution? Sometimes unique places require unique treatment and opportunity to try something new.

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