April 2, 2012 8 Comments
The California Department of Transportation is investing over $102 million on the Carpinteria to Ventura section of the 101 road construction for the next 4 years. Being a commuter of this stretch of 101 among many co-workers, I rarely experienced traffic in this route, unless there was a road construction; neither do my colleagues.
So I emailed them, out of curiosity, why. Curiosity kills the cat, I know, I know.
I did get a prompt reply, stating:
“Our studies of traffic volumes and patterns conducted in 2005 and 2008 indicated that this stretch of Route 101 is congested for several hours in each directions – predominantly northbound during morning peak hours and southbound during evening peak hours.”
Even back in the academia world, we didn’t cite literature that’s around 8 years old, unless, it’s very very compelling.
I pulled the Google traffic on Mondays, 8am, 9am, 5pm, 6pm – both directions are green at those rush hours.
What can I say? It was a 8-year waterfall process: before you ship it, customers no longer need it! And what’s worse, it’s making the customers life harder – the commute is going to be miserable.
More sadly, it’s a $102 M undertaking – the tax payers’ money could have been spent at somewhere else that’s more meaningful.
Google Traffic at 8am on Mondays, and stays the same: