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Exploring Root Causes of Transportation Mess

May 21, 1989

I read with great interest about the Orange County Transportation Commission's efforts and plans to solve the ever-increasing problem of traffic strangulation in Orange County: the future freeway and road expansions, the workshops and the paid transportation studies. All are well-founded.

The only problem with all these endeavors is that the OCTC is simply not addressing the root cause of the traffic difficulties.

The simple answer is slow or controlled population growth. If 1,000 condos are permitted to be built, 2,000 more cars are added to our already choked-up highways.

If you increase traffic flow by improving roads and building new freeways, this only encourages the land developers to build more and more dwellings. This solution is "shoveling sand against the tide."

It's not known how many members of the OCTC represent the land developers, but wouldn't it be useful for the commission to consider a slow-growth program as part of the answer to this impending disaster headed for Orange County?

A.H. GRAY

Anaheim

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