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Old 04-23-2013, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Green Township
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In a jam again: Traffic congestion back on the rise

Traffic congestion in the United States is back on the rise. This news to me as an engineer in Orlando, FL hit me hard seeing that our poor road network in most cities can barely support the added traffic. Boston's situation is crazy, I can't imagine commutes on an East Coast road network with a 30% increase in travel!

This goes to show that we need to continue bringing our transportation system to modern standards, and raise the transportation budget. In Florida, many private companies own roads and toll them. This may sound bad for the frugal, but if you drive on these roads they are definitely up to modern standards and almost always being worked on, which is very positive. If that's what it takes to improve our deteriorating transportation network, so be it.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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I saw a documentary a few months ago, forgot what it was called, but it had Michael Dukakis on there talking about how millions of dollars were spent in Boston to add a few more lanes of freeway because they thought it would create for better traffic flow and it barely did anything. I think they said it decreased commute time by 1 minute average to people.

It's pretty sad, but we'll need to figure out how to deal with this versus the amount of money we can actually spend.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Well thank goodness Indianapolis has one of the lowest congestion rates of any major US city.
So not that worried about this. If you don't like long commutes you can always move to another city.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:10 PM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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That's because they keep on cramming more and more housing developments/townhouses/apartments in areas that areas that can't support the traffic already. Not to mention shopping centers with even more banks and drugstores to support the people that buy those townhouses. It's ridiculous! They recently made a 10 mi bypass of a major 2 lane route... but it's only 4 lanes for a few miles. It IS nice to drive on, but it's a nightmare getting to it!
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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That's because they keep on cramming more and more housing developments/townhouses/apartments in areas that areas that can't support the traffic already. Not to mention shopping centers with even more banks and drugstores to support the people that buy those townhouses. It's ridiculous! They recently made a 10 mi bypass of a major 2 lane route... but it's only 4 lanes for a few miles. It IS nice to drive on, but it's a nightmare getting to it!
This is why it's important to create walkable areas, then the reliance on the car goes down.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Green Township
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Well thank goodness Indianapolis has one of the lowest congestion rates of any major US city.
So not that worried about this. If you don't like long commutes you can always move to another city.
Indianapolis is literally my engineering wet dream, lol. Especially the roundabouts in Carmel, very smart move that more cities and engineers need to look at.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:30 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Oh no more people are going to work!
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Indianapolis is literally my engineering wet dream, lol. Especially the roundabouts in Carmel, very smart move that more cities and engineers need to look at.
There are roundabouts in Indiana? I have never seen that here that I can remember..
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:41 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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This is why it's important to create walkable areas, then the reliance on the car goes down.
You have to do more than that. The Car is always more convenient. There has to be an incentive, like Manhattan, driving is torture overthere and find a parking spot? sheeeeeeeit. When that happens walking doesn't sound so bad. It's not enough to just building things within walkin distance.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:43 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Is it true that adding more lanes to a freeway brings in more traffic?

i heard this before but i don't understand it.
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