Can Traffic be Solvable?
Traffic in many parts of the world is a timeless issue. Getting stuck in the traffic can be a very big inconvenience to many people. In some countries, traffic can be a good thing as it regulates discipline but when you find yourself waiting for hours inside a crowded transit bus, standing in the midst of the ultra humid weather of Jakarta, Indonesia, discipline and temper would definitely be a very big issue.
People all over the world have this mindset that it would be better if you travel with your own car or chosen automobile. When all people think the way you do and travel at the same time as you did, you will definitely be stuck in a gridlocked expressway. Transportation planners predict that freeways will suffer from unbearable gridlock over the next two decades. Yes, worse than what we are experiencing nowadays. This warning may be a little too shattering wouldn’t it?
In an interview with Axis Capital Group, a Singaporean-based company which sells and rents heavy machineries which now has expanded to Jakarta, with the thousands of automobile owners in the present times, and hundred more adding to the count everyday, car and transportation vehicles are likely to triple their number by the end of the year. Road constructions are getting more and more of a challenge and delivering heavy machineries in the midst of traffic a very big hurdle everyday.
The conventional wisdom maintains that we cannot build our way out of this congestion. Yet the best alternatives that most of government officials can offer are to spend billions more on public transport that hardly anyone will use and to try to force people into carpools that do not fit the ways they actually live and work.
But we are not saying there is no cure to traffic congestion. We are to review the possible solution.
With the use of freeways and lanes, we can separate trucks from cars and public transport. And when we say separate, that doesn’t mean you only have to paint the roads but fence the lanes to avoid overtaking on the wrong way. Because cars are much smaller, cars-only lanes can be double-decks, either above the road surface or in tunnels beneath high-value real estate.
Although less expensive than creating new rights of ways through highly developed areas, reconstructing freeways with some double-decks and new tunnels will be so costly that it will not be possible as long as we rely only on today’s federal and state fuel taxes. But charging tolls for such expensive new capacity is feasible. New electronic technology makes it possible to vary fees with the time of day and level of congestion and to collect tolls automatically without toll booths.
Innovative designs, technology and the capable minds of individuals can solve traffic congestion.