Consultant gives new ideas for handling Charleston's congestion

Consultant gives new ideas for handling Charleston's congestion
Published: Sep. 23, 2014 at 3:21 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Monday night, a national transportation consultant presented his ideas for handling congestion in downtown Charleston.

Gabe Klein is a former director of transportation in both Chicago and Washington D.C. At Monday's night's, presentation he explained how some ideas he's put in place in those cities could help Charleston.

Klein is in favor of adding a bike-sharing program where people could rent a bike at one location and drop it off at another. He also said the trolley system is under-used and should even be expanded.

Some of his other ideas were met with hesitation. Klein said Charleston's parking is too cheap. In most areas it's $1/hour but he thinks it should be at least doubled to $2/hour

His biggest point, though, was limiting cars.

"We've got to have alternatives to driving or unfortunately, the peninsula will choke on its own fumes," Klein said. "The bottom line is you can only carry so many people in cars. It doesn't matter if they're personally owned cars or Ubers or taxi cabs. You can only fit so many on the road."

Klein said it's easy to say that building more parking or wider roads will help the issues, but in reality, it will only make them worse.

Klein predicted that by 2025, some U.S. cities won't allow cars at all in parts of their downtown areas.

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