VTA continues to push buses lanes for El Camino
Original post made on Mar 21, 2013
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on Mar 21, 2013 at 8:50 pm
Because we all work and live off El Camino? The road is a part of a route to some where else. You will force traffic to use side streets or over crowd the lanes. No one is riding the express 22 in large numbers! Why would this be an improvement?
on Mar 25, 2013 at 6:45 am
El Camino's 3 traffic lanes are already full to badly congested, even in non-commute hours in many sections of the route from Palo Alto to Santa Clara, and nearly grid locked in sections already on certain parts of the rush hour. The traffic is nearly all local in some way.
It is THE major local through fare throughout most of this route, with no practical viable local alternative route in many, if not most cases.
You are not going to get people into buses or on bicycles or all the way to heavily trafficked Central Expressway just to go to the grocery or the hardware store, or to take the family out to dinner and beyond, i.e., the desired "behavior change" opportunities are minimal in the traffic populace.
Given the current congestion and lack of alternate routes and the intended CA style design of neighborhood street and traffic patterns to create cul de sacs instead of thru traffic patterns in city sections adjacent to El Camino, cutting one lane from auto traffic will have horribly congestive results on El Camino traffic and local quality of life.
One doesn't even have to go through the proper game theory data collection and simulations to see that gridlock throughout much of the route will be the rule, not the exception, and not just during the commute hours, but also throughout the day and evening. This will not be a linear progression, i.e., losing one lane for cars isn't a 33% increase in traffic load and congestion, mathematically it is much more complex, and the traffic interactions will cross different inflection points, creating a exponentially devolving quagmire instead of efficiency.
I wonder if the VTA even bothers to run the type of data collections and simulations that say Las Vegas did to greatly improve signal light sequencing and state machines and traffic efficiencies within their existing local thoroughfares, before forcing such a drastic measure on the citizens of the valley?
If to enable a 10 minute faster #22 route for bus travelers costs the other 90-95% of El Camino traffic to take an extra 15 minutes of engine idle time just to get the groceries or run errands, what economic and environmental efficiencies have we achieved?
on Mar 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm
Most likely the gridlock generated by this proposal will cause even more traffic to spill into surrounding neighborhood streets, which we've seen recently can have horrific results with regards to pedestrian safety.
Commuters (myself included), are notoriously single minded when it comes to driving. If you take away a major artery for traffic to flow, it will find its way elsewhere. I don't see a plan to address this side effect in the VTA's proposal.
As an aside, wouldn't there be a potential conflict of interest if Margaret Abe-Koga participates both in the leadership of the VTA and in the City Council on this particular issue? I would think she would need to recuse herself one one or both commissions, in this case.