It's no secret that Seattle's traffic has gone from bad to atrocious pretty much overnight. I just wanted to take a moment and point out the very obvious solutions that I would like our city to consider. Whoever's in charge of these super important things like construction and planning, I have no idea. But whoever they are, just give them this article as I'm sure they'll find it riveting.
#1) GET RID OF ALL CARPOOL LANES: I do not understand the meaning of carpool lanes in this day and age. Who lives in the same place AND works in the same place anymore? Nobody. What is this, 1952? These lanes are already built, pretty sure about 5% of cars are actual carpoolers, just open them up! That's a whole other lane for us to use all the time. Boom.
#2) WORK FROM HOME DAYS: I think it's only fair that certain companies pick different days where their employees can work from home or a remote location. Does that open up the risk that people may just be doing laundry and binging on Netflix while tapping their mouse every 10 minutes to keep it "active?" Maybe. But that's a risk I'm willing to take for less traffic.
#3) NEVER CLOSE EXPRESS LANES: We have these magical alternative lanes that are phenomenal and usually very effective. So why would we only open them at certain times? "Express lanes closed" should never be a thing. Again, they are lanes that are already built. So let us use them! Insert dramatic emoji of your choice here.
#4) STOP ADDING TRAFFIC LIGHTS: Traffic lights do not aid in the flow of traffic and they seem to be popping up at very random and unnecessary places. I wouldn't be surprised if I woke up tomorrow and had a stop light telling me when I can exit my parking garage, enter a grocery store, or step out my front door. Easy on the lights, justeasy.
#5) HOVERCRAFTS: According to the Back to the Future movies, we should have these already. I'm sure we could make them extremely energy efficient and use our traffic light enthusiasm to build some that float above the streets. I mean, Boeing should get on this. I'm just saying.
- Never take Mercer street. Just ever.
- Podcasts have significantly help with road rage and distract from how much time you're just sitting. "Serial" and "Gilmore Guys" are fantastic.
- The Waze app calculates current traffic conditions and gives you directions via backroads to get around the cluster and to your destination the fastest way possible.
- Only drive from 2:30am-5:45am.
*To those who have a hard time discerning sarcasm via the written word, BEWARE. This article is laced with it.