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Re: What Really Causes Traffic Congestion

Posted by BrooklynBus on Fri Jul 12 10:53:46 2013, in response to Re: What Really Causes Traffic Congestion, posted by WillD on Thu Jul 11 17:28:13 2013.

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One more point.

You asked me where traffic improvements were made that resulted in less congestion. Prior to about 1980, on the BQE southbound between Atlantic Avenue and the Battery Tunnel there was a merger from three lanes to two. The road was chronically congested moving at 5 to 10 mph at all times except between about 11PM and 6 AM. A new ramp was built eliminating the merger around 1980. Today except for rush hours when the road moves between 10 and 20 mph, for the remaining 20 hours a day, it moves at least at 30 mph and usually at 40. That's some improvement and there are no new cars in over 30 years that suddenly appeared to bring congestion back to its previous level as you so theorized.

Also, I have been criticizing DOT for 20 years for artificially striping off areas causing unnecessary mergers near the Brooklyn Bridge. Cars would routinely queue up for 15 or 20 minutes. Since the restriping last month that I have long been advocating, I hear that delay has all but been eliminated. That improvement alone is not going to cause anyone to run out and buy a car. That is a complex decision that requires a lot more thought.

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