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

Posted by JerBear on Tue Jan 10 08:36:24 2017, in response to Re: Pedestrians aren't the only ones who matter., posted by BrooklynBus on Mon Jan 9 16:33:33 2017.

We are exactly on topic, as far as what I believe the current topic to be since New Flyer's comment on December 27th at 11:44. The topic is that you believe, without any proof, that traffic will move slower after DOT changes the lane configurations. They are going to create three travel lanes throughout the corridor. You say this will slow traffic down. You have not provided any proof. You offer anecdotes. You offer logical-sounding arguments. The problem with logic is that it works with complicated but not with complex problems.
The reason traffic engineers have complex computer models is because you can't just reason out an answer and predict how the road will function unless you're talking about a 2-lane road in Iowa with few intersections. Even when they have models, human behavior makes it even more complex. People react and change to changed circumstances.
Induced demand has been shown to exist, and removing roads has shown that traffic does sometimes seem to magically disappear. So it is possible that DOT's plans will make traffic flow better. I trust them because they have engineers and models. I understand the argument you're trying to make, but it isn't robust enough.


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