Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Oh Yeah! I Have A Blog...

So, yeah, last week totally sucked. What helped bring a big heaping helping of extra suck to an already s**tty week was the drive home from Massachusetts. Between the MA Pike, route 84 in CT, and the NYS Thruway, we ran into traffic from hell, which was somewhat unexpected for a Saturday afternoon. Granted, it was a long weekend, but I'd have guessed that by Saturday afternoon the bulk of traffic would have abated.

Over an hour in traffic to go five miles on the Tappanzee Bridge says otherwise.

It got me to thinking, though. Here I am, in New York, a rather liberal state. We're always hearing about "Global Warming" and all, yet there are thousands of cars polluting the air because the state can't get it's collective s**t together on traffic. On a Saturday, of all things. Now, I expect a bit of traffic over the holiday weekend, sure. But the Tappanzee is generally pretty good; certainly better than the GW Bridge; that's why I go the long way around NYFC.

Now, I grok that the same people that decry Global Warming are the same ones that want us all taking public transportation. It stands to reason that their response to weekday traffic is to tell us to take the bus/subway/train. But what about on weekends? While there may be a bus that runs from Northern VA to northeast MA, it's not convenient for us to take. I've looked into taking a train, and it's just as expensive as flying - but with the same time constraints as driving. In short, it doesn't work.

So, then, the question comes back around. If they're so concerned about global warming, why aren't they doing more to relieve traffic congestion? While it's great to incentivize people to take more public transportation, that's a long-term solution. Right now, there's a need to alleviate the day-to-day wasting of resources sitting in traffic on roads that were never designed for the volume of cars they see. While the ivory tower eggheads clasp their hands worrying about global warming, the proles are sitting in their shiny metal boxes throwing CO2 into the ozone layer by the bajillions.

Give us another 2-3 lanes on pretty much any major highway and this will stop being such a problem - or is that too simplistic a solution for your liking?

That is all.


libertyman said...

The Europeans have a better train system, you have to give them that. If you could take a high speed train to DC from Boston, that would be better than waiting in traffic.

Ted said...

...... Well maybe for a short period but there is a theory that the traffic expands to fill the lanes available.

Build more lanes of highway and by the time the highway construction is finished , office parks will have also been constructed to take advantage of the better access .

You can see this effect take place along any "ring highway". Around a major city. The 3 digit ring roads were intended to allow traffic to avoid city centers and relieve delays to through traffic. ........ Well it worked for a while, Until everyone abandoned city centers for cheaper land and better access along the ring roads.

Glenn B said...

The new bridge they are building next to the Tappan Zee bridge will be the 'end-all, be-all' as far as traffic solutions go. That is at least until the first traffic jam, probably within a day of the new bridge opening. As far as going 5 miles in an hour being bad traffic, I got a good chuckle from that. I once crawled barely 3 miles in traffic at the Tappan Zee Bridge over the course of about 3 1/2 hours. That was also due to holiday traffic, it was the day before Thanksgiving.

0007 said...

Lay a map of the US over a map of Europe and you will begin to get an idea of the problem that trains face here.

Pumice said...

Call me a conspiracy wing nut but I think it is all part of the plan to force us out of our cars and onto public transit. One of the great tools of a free people is cheap, dependable transportation and if you can frustrate that you move one step closer to a third world, police state. I don't know about where you live but my drive to work it crippled by out of sinc and unnecessary signals, school crossing guards and buses, lanes for bicycles, etc.

Grace and peace