Comment 78884

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted June 24, 2012 at 13:06:27 in reply to Comment 78881

If you read closely, the authors' usage of the phrase "the traffic disappears" is a paraphrase of traffic planners in cities who have implemented lane reduction and have been surprised by the fact that it does, indeed, disappear. It's not just wishful thinking, it's an observed phenomenon.

Based on what I've read, most people seem to understand that the "disappearing traffic" is a combination of people choosing different routes, different times as well as different modes. It doesn't mean everyone sits at home rocking back and forth in fear of encountering gridlock :-)

So if we can all still get where we are going, with less infrastructure cost and better quality of life for residents, what's holding us back? Do we avoid these changes because we're in a hurry?

I've said it before - we simply can't afford to maintain the infrastructure in its current setup. We need to reduce maintenance costs and increase the number of taxpayers otherwise our taxes will climb to the point that we won't be able to live here even if we wanted to!

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