Beyond Traffic: The Future of Transportation

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Thinking about the future can be an exciting prospect.

It can also be terrifying.

The United States Department of Transportation has just released a study, called “Beyond Traffic,” that looks into the next 30 years of transportation in the U.S.

It doesn’t look good, folks.

An article at The Verge said,

As far as USDOT secretary Anthony Foxx is concerned, pretty much everything is in bad shape and getting worse: roadways, railways, waterways, the whole nine yards.

The problems are endless: ancient infrastructure is crumbling without the money to repair or replace it. Renewable energy strategies aren’t materializing quickly enough. Rapidly growing urban centers are buckling under the weight of the commuting residents that occupy them.

Surely the USDOT has the solutions to save us from impending peril, right?

Nope. They are asking us for help.

The study is basically an invitation that says, “Everyone uses our transportation system, which means anyone can help build its future.”

“Beyond Traffic” actually paints a horribly bleak picture of what the future holds. There will be hours-long traffic jams in Omaha, crumbling bridges across the country, and New Orleans will sink into the sea. It’s pretty bleak stuff.

I don’t know how to prevent the sinking of New Orleans, but the other problems are at least fixable. To solve traffic congestion, why not let commuters drive narrow cars and let them lane-split? Check out the picture on top. I see at least two unused lanes there, and most of those cars have only one person inside. Let’s get commuters out of full-size cars and get them into narrow ones. Traffic will instantly move again.

Let’s not make roads bigger and wider, let’s make cars for commuters smaller. Check out this video:

What do you think:

Would narrow cars solve the traffic congestion problem? Would you buy one?

-tgriffith

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