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Re: Pedestrians aren't the only ones who matter.

Posted by BrooklynBus on Mon Jan 9 16:33:33 2017, in response to Re: Pedestrians aren't the only ones who matter., posted by JerBear on Mon Jan 9 10:11:57 2017.

Let's stick to the topic. I never suggested building additional lanes to ease congestion unless you are eliminating a bottleneck like when a roadway goes from four lanes to three and back to four right after.

The maximum traffic flow depends on the number of lanes you have as any traffic engineer would tell you. Of course if you add lanes only along a portion of the roadway, you will not add capacity where the number of lanes remain unchanged, but traffic will move faster on the portion where there are more lanes.

Reducing the number of lanes reduces capacity and that is what DOT is proposing. As far as DOT not stating that capacity will be reduced, that is because DOT is only emphasizing the positive aspects of the plan. In fact, nowhere in any of their documentation or verbally did they ever state they were eliminating two lanes of general traffic. All they stated was three lanes for general traffic will be maintained in each direction, not stating that for virtually the entire Woodhaven Blvd, there are now four lanes in each direction. They also don't tell you that the three lanes will not be next to each other so you can easily switch from one to the other. You have to look at the map to see the three lanes are separated by a mall so that the service road can only be accessed every quarter mile. If you are stuck in traffic, you cannot magically switch to the service road if that is moving better any time you want.

Anyone who uses Woodhaven knows that traffic will be moving slower. It is not only me. In fact their preliminary data showing speeds declined during the AM peak hour by 38 percent between Furmanville and Metropolitan, from 19.5 mph to 12 mph after the exclusive bus lane was installed. They have since removed that page from the report it was originally in, the March 2015 CAC report #3 since I made a big deal of that. Just shows how sneaky they are.


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