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Re: What Really Causes Traffic Congestion

Posted by RIPTA42HopeTunnel on Fri Jul 12 11:14:50 2013, in response to Re: What Really Causes Traffic Congestion, posted by BrooklynBus on Fri Jul 12 10:42:12 2013.

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I never said anything about cancelling special events so don't put words in my mouth.

No, you didn't. Yet you repeatedly allude to reallocating pavement from cars to other modes of transportation as punishing the majority of the population in favor of an insignificant minority. Why should special events be any exception?

If its lack of coordination, then something should be done about it like coordinating them

Yes, "something should be done." Have you brought any out-of-phase signals to the attention of DOT, the Community Board, or your local representatives, or are you content with complaining about them on blogs and blaming the bicycle lobby?

I never said signals in front of schools are not at intersections. Are you saying every intersection needs a traffic signal? I've seen perfectly good intersections with stop signs and no signals become congested once a signal was put there.

I was midlead by "in front of virtually every school" since a school is a building and not an intersection. No, not every intersection needs a signal and there are specific criteria that need to be met before considering a signal. Those criteria include requiring coordination of a signalized school crossing if it is within 300 feet of another signal. In any event, it should *not* switch to flashing operation during off-hours, since that would deactivate the pedestrian actuation.

Most illegal parking tickets are given to cars that overstay parking meters. That is hardly a safety issue but a revenue issue. Cops give tickets to double parkers that are not causing any congestion while ignoring double parkers that do.

Elsewhere in this thread, you have brought up cars circling looking for parking as creating congestion. The purpose of meters is to encourage turnover so cars don't have to circle and look for parking all day, so yes, overstaying a meter causes congestion.

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