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Re: What Really Causes Traffic Congestion

Posted by BrooklynBus on Fri Jul 12 12:03:38 2013, in response to Re: What Really Causes Traffic Congestion, posted by RIPTA42HopeTunnel on Fri Jul 12 11:14:50 2013.

Special events are temporary situations. Removing a traffic lane is permanent. That is the difference. I have not complained regarding out of sync signals because I am not convinced DOT would be willing to listen. My CBD has unsuccessfully tried to get them to move a bike lane over one block where it is enter suited. This battle has been ongoing for nine years and they won't listen. The Board also was never consulted about the installation of the bike lane under the previous administration.

I have also written to DOT on a number of other matters regarding traffic regulations and have always received negative responses with reasons I did not agre with. Only one time I was able to get a street restriped after waiting three years and multiple letters.

Why would you need a traffic signal operating near a school at 3 AM when the only reason for installing the signal in the first place was because of the high number of pedestrian crossings during school hours? At 3 AM there is little traffic or pedestrian movement so I see no reason why those signals need to be active 24 hours a day.

Regarding parking meters, the primary purpose is revenue, not preventing traffic congestion. That's why rates go up once every six months. Do you realize how many meters are taken up by store owners who park in front of their stores and feed the meter all day long? Why doesn't the city do anything about that if they care about reducing congestion which they don't.

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