It’s really about Timing !
Peak traffic loads can be dealt with most economically by dispersing traffic loads over time, rather than building more and more roadways.
IH-35 at rush hour: Why do we still feel that we all have to get on the road at the same time every day?
Our resources would be better spent on other things rather than building roads designed to carry peak loads only for a few hours each day!
Austin is a high tech center, but not all problems require technological solutions. We are smarter than this. Let’s use our heads, not our wallets, to solve our traffic problems!
I’m afraid that we could build more and more roadways and still never be able to avoid congestion as long as we all get on the roads at the same time! Let’s face it, although Austin is becoming increasingly crowded, the roads are really only congested during peak hours in the morning and evening.
Ultimately it’s a moral decision: do we spend our resources on building enormous road systems designed to carry loads primarily during peak times that are required only several hours a day, or do we spend that money on schools, parks, etc.?
Wouldn’t it be smarter to spread out these peak loads throughout the day, rather than use the money and available space required to build larger and larger roadway systems?? It would be remarkably cost-effective to work with at least the two largest employers in Austin— UT and the state government— to have their employees work staggered shifts, reducing peak loads during what is normally rush-hour times of the day.
I think that most people would actually want to work at different times of the day, depending on whether they have kids, where they live, etc. Let’s give people the choice!
It’s a fairly 19th-century idea that everyone has to sit at a desk from 8-5 every day! It derives from factory workers all having to be at the factory at the same time. Those conditions no longer exist; why are we continuing to perpetuate this work cycle? This wouldn’t require new roads or “smart devices”, only smart people! Let’s do it now !!
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