Should we put roads underground? 我们应该把道路建在地下吗?
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  Should we put roads underground? 我们应该把道路建在地下吗?
  词汇:traffic 交通
  Can you imagine living in a city without roads on the surface? We've already put trains underground successfully, but the idea of building roads underground is now inspiring urban planners and engineers. Bradley Garrett, author of 'Subterranean London', says that there's something magical about things happening out of sight, that it "gives the illusion of seamlessness". So, how might underground roads reshape our cities and redefine the daily commute?
  "If you want to revitalise the city centre, you pedestrianise the roads," says Tom Ireland, the director of tunnelling at engineering company Aurecon. Moving roads below the surface can free up space for parks, pavement cafes, and other public amenities, improving the urban environment and mental health of the population. Not only that, it could reduce traffic congestion above ground, and who doesn't want to be freed from noise pollution and the sight of gridlocked traffic?
  Underground roads could also make self-driving cars more popular, which are often more energy-efficient, and less prone to collisions. This, in a world trying to reduce its fuel consumption, is appealing. But if driverless cars end up becoming more attractive than public transport, it could actually make traffic worse, because cars take up more space than trains and buses.
  That's not the only drawback that may come with a motorised world beneath our feet. The construction and maintenance of underground infrastructure are both hazardous and energy-intensive processes. On top of that, most people don't like the feeling of confinement you get when you're travelling through underground tunnels, which may affect public perception.
  Dreams of roadless, car-free cities bring both excitement and scepticism. We may fantasise about cityscapes made for pedestrians, but perhaps getting more people to use public transport rather than private vehicles would be more worth our time and resources.
  urban planner 城市规划师
  the illusion of seamlessness 完美连贯的假象,无缝的错觉commute 上下班往返,通勤
  pedestrianise 设立步行街
  free up space 腾出空间
  public amenities 公共设施
  congestion 拥堵,堵塞
  noise pollution 噪声污染
  gridlocked traffic 交通堵塞
  self-driving car 自动驾驶汽车
  energy-efficient 节能的
  fuel consumption 燃油消耗量,耗油量
  motorised 机动(化)的
  infrastructure 基础设施
  hazardous 危险的
  energy-intensive 耗能的
  roadless 无道路的
  car-free 无车的,车辆禁行的
  vehicle 车辆,交通工具