Clogged roads and highways in Tehran are just one painful reminder of how urban management has failed in this metropolis of more than 12 million people.
The time, money, energy and nerves wasted every single day in the treacherous traffic in the capital is a huge strain on the environment, economy and quality of life. Overuse and misuse of private cars and lack of efficient and decent public transport are the primary reasons behind the torture of traffic in the ever-expanding Iranian capital, thanks to the verified ineptitude and avarice of the municipality and some city councilors.
In many of the world’s developed countries, private cars are considered a means of luxury transport, and using a car daily doesn’t become necessary at least for the people who live in cities with an acceptable public transport system.
So in these countries when a person wants to use his/her private car, they know that they should “pay the price for making the wrong choice,” that is getting stuck in a traffic jam for hours.
In other words, in well-organized cities in the world expansion of highways or building new roads does not necessarily bring more private cars onto the streets. “Rather by expanding their public transport system, the problem of the likelihood of urban traffic congestion is taken care of,” says Mohammad Mahdi Tondguyan, spokesman for the High Commission for Analyzing Architecture and Urban Plans of the Tehran City Council (TCC).
In Tehran, the worsening traffic congestion has not only turned into a major nuisance but also an unending challenge for the urban authorities whose eligibility, integrity and foresight has long come under a big question mark. More info