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IB Geography 11 HL Traffic Congestion in Vancouver Downtown Commuting to from or within the Vancouver downtown has become a more timely business than it was in the past decades This problem will become worse with the increasing volume of cars traveling into downtown each day and the continual rise of residential population in the area The number of cars commuting into Vancouver downtown daily has grown from 225000 in 1981 to 255000 in 2001 an approx 15 growth Traffic congestion is one of the biggest concerns in an urban core mainly because there is a direct correlation between the accessibility of the urban core and its economic health and livability According to Dave Park chief economist for the Vancouver Board of Trade One of the reasons Seattle lost Boeings corporate headquarters was traffic congestion downtown which should act as a warning for Vancouver to improve its transportation infrastructure Bellett Efficient transportation as one can see is the key to economic success and the livability of downtown and it is crucial that we learn from the mistake of Seattle Instead of expanding road capacity to satisfy needs the Vancouver City Counsel has taken a very different approach for it was determine in the Vancouver Transportation Plan that road capacity is finite and even if more roads are constructed they will eventually be congested by cars To address the traffic issue in Vancouver Downtown the DTP Vancouver Downtown Transportation Plan was proposed a plan that is based on the following premise of the GVRDs Regional Transportation Plan to promote the use of transits high occupant vehicle walking and cycling and ultimately discouraging the use of single occupant vehicle In the Vancouver Downtown Transportation Plan various plans are incorporated and customized to suit the circumstances of Vancouver Downtown The ultimate goal of the plan is to reduce traffic congestion increases the efficiency in transportation and livability in downtown The plan is further subdivided
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