I read the Dec. 21 Herald article, “Traffic grows by 22 percent.” I think everyone who drives on our roads can tell that there are higher volumes just by the increase in driving times. I find the statistics mentioned in the article interesting, but I am more interested in what our transportation leaders are planning to do to alleviate the problem(s).
In many areas outside major cities roads and infrastructure are put in place before communities are built so there is a smooth transition to higher density areas. Here, a large farm is purchased so instead of one family using that road there are now 200, or more. Now multiply that by each neighboring farm that sells. What do you end up with? A country road that, when built, comfortably supported all the farmhouses on it, but is now jammed with autos from the thousands of homes built on that same farmland.
I think it is high time that everyone realizes that rapid transit is not going to solve our congestion problems. It is a multi-billion dollar undertaking that will be used, primarily, by travelers going from city to city and since it won’t be convenient most will still choose to go by auto.
Somehow, the only solution is finding ways to increase the road-highway-freeway network. Continuing to point out the transportation problems is not going to solve them. A lot of our freeways around here were built in the ’50s and ’60s which makes them almost 70 years old with very little done to update most of them since then. What we need is someone to come up with a way to modernize our network of roads and a way to pay for all of it without overburdening us taxpayers.