Dallas Doesn’t Need Another Highway: City Council Member Speaks Up

Scott Griggs, Dallas City Council Member, doesn’t think the Trinity Tollway in Dallas will fix the congestion problems in the city. With seven major highways already in the downtown area, it’s clear that more roads won’t fix the problem.

As quoted in the Dallas Morning News,

We are so addicted to the automobile. Adding lane capacity is like an obese person buying a bigger belt and saying he doesn’t have a weight problem.

Dallas Evening Rush Hour Traffic (Photo: Justin Cozart)

Dallas Evening Rush Hour Traffic (Photo: Justin Cozart)

Though he’s in the minority on this issue, Griggs understands that the solution to congestion is to get some of the traffic onto other modes. Moving people by transit and goods by freight rail costs far less, has a lower environmental impact, and would create more long term jobs than a new tollway.

If you’re in the Dallas area and would like to attend the Public Hearing for the Trinity Tollway, it’s on May 8th  in the arena of the Dallas Convention Center, located at 650 S. Griffin Street in Dallas, Texas, 75202. An open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. A formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a public comment period.

-Kari Banta, Transportation Associate.

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