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

Posted by R30A on Sat Jan 14 22:54:43 2017, in response to Re: Pedestrians aren't the only ones who matter., posted by BrooklynBus on Sat Jan 14 22:10:59 2017.

Not all people speed, then wait at each light resulting in them making the same average speed. They are the exceptions not the rule.
Nobody said otherwise

And that scenario only applies to synchronized roads anyway and the vast majority of streets do not have their signals synchronized.
How many streets does not really matter. How much of the volume is on them is what matters. That is pretty clearly a high portion in reality if you stop and look.
But what matters is whether BUT EVERY STREET IS SUBJECT TO A LOWER SPEED LIMIT. 30 was lowered to 25. 35 was lowered to 30. And 45 was lowered 35.
And it needs to be lowered further. But yes, lowering the speed limit is not enough. Roads need to be engineered for lower speeds too.

And reducing the average speed has many negative outcomes. All trip length times are lengthened and that includes those in buses.
That is why you put in bus lanes! To solve the problem!
Non-revenue bus trip times are also lengthened. That costs the MTA more money worsening their deficit.
Probably insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Bus lanes on the active parts of routes would likely more than make up for this.
Truck travel times are increased increasing costs which are then passed to the consumer.
Again, almost certainly insignificant on a per unit basis.


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