Chicago-style Congestion Predicted

Transit expert and author, Sam Staley, says that based on current trends, drivers in Salt Lake City will experience Chicago-style congestion and traffic in less than 25 years unless Utah finds a real solution.  And that solution, according to Staley, is not through mass transit, but by improving the road system.  “The urban areas that are most successful are those where the road capacity keeps up with the travel demand,” Staley said at a Sutherland-sponsored transportation briefing for legislators at the State Capitol on Thursday, February 8, 2007.  Following his presentation, Staley signed copies of his latest book, The Road More Traveled: Why the Congestion Crisis Matters More Than You Think, and What We Can Do About It.

Staley is the director of urban growth and land use policy at Reason Foundation.  He has more than twenty-five years of experience working in urban policy and has written more than eighty professional articles and reports.  His commentaries have been nationally-syndicated.

A summary of the points presented and discussed at the briefing may be obtained by sending an email request to, or by calling 801-355-1272.