Yes, I’m a really smart guy. No, I’m not a traffic engineer. I have, however, conducted extensive studies involving both aerial and seaport throughput and transloading operations for the United States military. You don’t even get to do that unless you’e a pretty smart guy (or gal), so someone thought I had enough smarts and experience to put me in a serious position of responsibility where I’d gain a whole lot more knowledge and experience.
I will comment extensively on these at a later date. For now, they serve as placeholders:
- A very good, science-based look at the fundamental physics of traffic: https://jliszka.github.io/2013/10/01/how-traffic-actually-works.html
- An incredibly non-scientific and decidedly ass-backwards look at what drives traffic congestion: https://www.wired.com/2014/06/wuwt-traffic-induced-demand/
- U.S. Department of Transportation’s The Seven Sources of Highway Congestion and Unreliable Travel: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/congestion_report/chapter2.htm
Bottom line: While many state legislators are busy with legislation based on the mind-turds I call “articles found in Wired Magazine,” others prefer to source from decades of exquisite science that, if use properly, can greatly alleviate traffic congestion on America’s highways while costing just pennies on the dollar as compared to adding more lanes. Keep in mind, however, there’s a point where minimizing causing factors while facilitating throughput will have reached its peak, and adding just one more car to the road will precipitate the traffic wave that cuts throughout in half.
Traffic Wave Experiment:
More Detailed Analysis of the experiment above:
Traffic Waves, Explained in Detail, including how variable speed limits and actually slower speeds can mitigate the appearance of traffic waves: