At the Hedtke Institute, we have had many qualified responders to traffic problems over the years and most recently we have been compiling projections of traffic here in our area. Our own findings closely match projections by another research group that dedicates its time to traffic studys, so you can view nation wide results as well as for our area at this link: http://www.reason.org/ps346/fl.shtml This link also has most major areas listed as well, find yours there! This is the kind of information it provides. So, If you don’t have time to read it, a synopsis of it basically says that projections have the Orlando area’s roadways congested with traffic delays similiar to Los Angeles’ situation today. What follows is an except of that study for Orlando:“Orlando’s Travel Time Index (TTI) is projected torise from 1.30 to 1.59 by 2030. This means that driving times duringpeak traffic hours will be 59 percent longer than during off-peaktimes. Traffic congestion of this magnitude is worse than thatcurrently in any city in the nation, with the exception of Los Angeles,and the impact will be felt by commuters and businesses alike.
Orlando could significantly reduce severecongestion and have room for the imminent growth by adding nearly 581new lane-miles by 2030 at an estimated cost of $1.2 billion, in today’sdollars. That’s a cost of $27.70 per resident each year. Thisinvestment would save 65 million hours each year that city residentsnow lose sitting in traffic, at a cost of a mere $0.72 per delay-hoursaved.”
I don’t know about you, but I would be willing to give a mere $27.70 a year to the state if they could keep me from sitting in traffic every day and help make our city livable again. None of us can affod to have our leaders here in the Orlando Area to continue to provide 20 years behind development solutions, by okeying a trifecta building entertainment venue approval, while not addressing the infrastructure that is presently needed to handle the existing traffic snarl or the over-crowding of services like water, we already are experiencing.
What this means to you, is to write a letter, email or call our government officers and tell them we need relief in the form of two things. First they need to slow the growth of our area by restricting new development and second, in stead of continuious delays to our existing roadways by rebuilding them, build new parallel roadways, finish them and then work on the old ones.
This eventually doubles our roadways, keeps us moving and slows growth. These are all good things if you are talking about restoring the comfort and sanity of our cities to live in. So, it’s up to you, to cut down your drive time, now that you know how to do it!
As a way to lighten up a bit, read on about how to relieve tension, when you’re in heavy traffic and that fool that just cut in front of you, with barely an inch to spare, makes your blood pressure just zoom! I actually came up with this little story over the years, refining it to the point you read today!
As I was growing up, I always heard references to bad drivers, oft times with explicatives deleted or just sometimes as getting their drivers licenses out of a cracker jacks box! You know, that treat or toy inside the carmel popcorn box. Well, I thought about that over the years and added this little witticism as a reply.
I’d say,”Naw, you’re wrong, that driver didn’t get their license out of a Cracker Jacks box! I know, because I heard that Cracker Jacks stopped doing that, because so many kids wrote to them complaining that the adults were getting the same licenses as the kids were getting and it just wasn’t right for the Cracker Jacks company to do that. So, now if you have to know where these adult drivers are getting their licenses, it’s from the State! Yeah, it’s the State that gives out all the licenses to these fools now!” Hope you think about this story the next time you think that fool that cuts you off, should only be driving a tricycle!