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Commentary: More and wider roads cause more congestion, not less, report says

CHICAGO - Conventional wisdom holds that if you build a road, or widen one, traffic will improve.

But what if that's wrong? A new report by an advocacy group for biking, walking and transit says that adding new roads and highway lanes encourages more people to drive instead of taking the train or other means of getting around, thus creating more congestion.

The study issued Monday by the Active Transportation Alliance in Chicago finds that roadway expansion has spurred an explosion in driving since 1980, worsening area traffic and leading to more crashes and pollution.

"We have to rethink this decadeslong strategy of relying on cars to take

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