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100 KM long traffic jam in China, is Calgary Next?

by WestNet Calgary News Desk, 2:16 PM 9/16/2010 filed under: Calgary Poor Transportation & Sustainablity

china, beijing, traffic, cars, urban planning, calgary, sustainable design, mass transit, traffic jam

Calgary rates Poor for Road Planning by the City of Calgary: Expert

If ever there were a case for the importance of good urban planning that includes mass transit, this is it: a 62-mile traffic standstill on a road leading to Beijing is now in its ninth day, with individual drivers caught in it for as long as three days. The cause of the jam — beyond the skyrocketing number of drivers in China — is heavy use of the route, the Beijing-Tibet expressway, by trucks bringing construction supplies into Beijing. The trucks don’t just add to traffic; they also damage the road, necessitating repair crews.