My idea is to increase the speed limit on I-95 from 55 to 70, and raise the minimum speed to 55.
This solution is fundamentally cost effective & I fully believe it would help traffic flow better & create more revenue for the state; as well as help to avoid costly traffic accidents - making our highways safer!
The solution is super easy & simple but can affect many areas.
Cost - Change speed limit signs is very cost affective.
Flow of traffic - Most jams on I-95 happen because a few slow drivers take up all lanes in parallel or the amount of cars doesn't allow flow. Increasing speed limits allows those who do not want to excede the limit to move faster. This creates more natural flow, opportunity for more cars to access the highway during the same time frame, & can actually be safer. Most other highways [turnpike, I-75, I-595] have higher speed limits & tend not to jam up like I-95.
Accidents - A lot of accidents happen from frustrated drivers trying to constantly switch lanes to get ahead of slow drivers. With the increase in speed this will encourage people to stay in their lanes making traffic safer. Even if there is someone holding up the "fast" left lane, if they are driving at least the speed limit they will be going 70mph under this proposed change.
Revenue - There are two express lanes on I-95. Also with access to the turnpike & express lanes on I-595 connecting to I-95, there is greater opportunity for a faster rate of vehicles in the express lanes. This will increase toll revenue exponentially. The system is already in place & working. Faster speed also gets people connected to the other toll roads quicker.