The cost of traffic jams

The rapid growth of metropolitan areas, combined with increased car use, has let to most of the world’s major cities suffer from continuous traffic jams. In addition to wasting time, traffic congestion increases fuel consumption, the number of collisions and air pollution levels. Traffic jams are the main cause of the rising cost of passenger and freight transport and the cause of billions lost each year. Additionally are one of the main causes of reduced quality of life in our cities.

Traffic jams even on a 5-lane avenue.
Surely an extra lane will solve the traffic congestion problem. Photo by Bradyn Trollip.