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Solving Traffic Problems

people in many countries have become very worried about the effects in towns and cities. They are concerned about:

  • the harmful effects on human health
  • the damage to the environment caused by the noise, vibration, acid rain, and global warming
  • the waste of time and of non-renewable fuels such as petrol and oil in traffic jams
  • the use of valuable space in city centers for parking cars and trucks.

In the past, governments believed that building bigger, straighter roads was a way to solve traffic problems. However, even new roads soon filled with more and more motor vehicles.

Better forms of transport

One way to solve traffic problems is to get people to use cars and trucks less. Walking and cycling are good for short journeys. They give you healthy exercise and cause no pollution at all. Buses, trams, and trains can carry many people at once and cause a lot less pollution per person than cars.

Using fewer cars

Various ways are being tried to persuade people to stop using cars, or to use them less. These include:

  • increasing the tax on petrol and diesel oil to make it more expensive to use a car
  • making parking in towns and cities more difficult and more expensive except for those people who actually live in that town or city
  • not letting cars and trucks into some towns and cities at busy times of the day
  • closing some shopping streets to motor vehicles, so that they can only be used by pedestrains
  • park-and-ride schemes that allow people to park in car parks on the outskirts of towns and cities and then travel in to the center by bus
  • traffic-calming schemes, such as ramps and chicanes, to force motor vehicles to travel more slowly through streets where people live, shop or go to school
  • trying to encourage more companies to send their gods by train instead of by trucks.

Motor vehicles are not allowed on this city street in Dubai.

Subway and metro systems

A few cities, including London, New York, and pairs, have a large network of underground or subway trains. Such a network is very expensive and difficult to build, but it reduces the number of people travelling by road. Other cities such as Cairo, Tehran, Kolkata, Seoul, Dubai, Brussels, Brasilia, Moscow and Beijing have built special electrically driven light railways or Metro systems to carry passengers from one part of the with little noise and pollution.

The Metro system in Seoul, South Korea, is the world’s longest subway system and has the most stations.

Shanghai in Chine has a monorail Metro system, which carries passengers between the airport and the city centre. It is capable of travelling at speeds of up to 500 kilometres an hour.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. ahmad raza

    Its a serious issue good thing Pointing out
    Keep it up

  2. mubashir Ul Hassan


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