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More bitching about commuting [Jun. 12th, 2007|07:06 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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So I need to drive up to SF to do a car switcheroo. I'm done with work and I'm sitting in front of my computer hitting refresh on the traffic report page again and again waiting for Northbound 101 to clear up. I'm not completely sure how this is better than sitting in traffic, but it sure feels better :-) Commuting, thinking about commuting and planning my commute (oh, and blogging about commuting) seem to be taking up more and more of my day.

If the roads were up to me, this is what things would be like. Brace yourself.
  • All areas of cities except for the hip parts downtown would be urban sprawl. Freeways would criss-cross the whole country, so that city driving would be minimal.
  • All roads would have at least two lanes. One idiot won't be able to hold up the traffic any more.
  • Intersections would be minimal. Roundabouts would be the preferred junction type.
  • Where intersections existed, there would always be a left turn lane and a right turn lane when you approach the intersection. That way, you could always make a right on a red if there was no cross traffic, and left turners could never hold up the traffic headed straight. (This fact alone currently wastes a significant chunk of the time in city driving.)
  • Minimum speed limits would be strictly enforced everywhere (except for the rightmost lane). Since all roads have at least two lanes, this wouldn't be much of a problem.
  • On freeways, access to lanes wouldn't be based on carpooling or anything stupid like that, but instead on how much vehicle registration fees you paid (there'd be several levels and you can choose which bracket you want to be in). If you paid enough, you can always be sure of being able to use the leftmost lane and being sure of getting to your destination at the planned time.
Ok. Tell me how much you hate it in the comments.

[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-06-19 05:31 pm (UTC)
The 'free' in freeways refers to the absence of intersections, not money. I hope that some day we will live in a world where the general population understands that roads, health care and so forth are not 'free' but paid for (in a grossly inefficient way) by your tax dollars.

You forgot to tell me why the idea sucks.
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