Comment 53260

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted December 17, 2010 at 18:10:22

Unless we build alternates (extremely unlikely) these streets will remain traffic funnels.

Here's an alternative to using Main and King as traffic funnels: don't have any traffic funnels. I know, I know - where oh where will the cars go? I'm being a bit facetious, but the answer, empirically, seems to be: a lot of them simply go away. That is, a lot of the trips that are made today because Main and Cannon are 'funnels' simply wouldn't happen if Main and King weren't funnels.

Remember: supply induces demand. Reduce the supply of lanes, and some of the demand disappears. It seems counterintuitive, but it's strongly supported by actual evidence (as opposed to static traffic models) and makes perfect sense in an economic context.

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