While it may sound crazy, more people can mean fewer cars. Arlington, VA is a great regional example of how smart-growth along public transit actually reduced traffic.
According to Greater Greater Washington, Arlington has experienced a boom of growth since 1996 – adding millions of square feet of new development and nearly 50,000 residents. The majority of the development occurred along Metrorail “where using transit, biking, and walking are the norm.” High density and mixed-use developments near Metro took cars off many local roads and put more people on foot, bikes, and public transit.
The numbers show measurable declines in traffic from 1996 to 2012.
Read more about how smart development near transit has lowered traffic on several Arlington, VA roads.