Here is the perfect example of the growing problem: Traveling Martin Road M-F for work, like many, many others, I have to wonder what the point was in even changing Martin Rd over the Parkway. Maybe the bridge needed to be longer to accommodate new lanes, but other than that possible need, where did the interchange idea come from? For decades Martin road and the on/off ramps for it have existed as they are - allowing ...more »
I've seen many new road projects in the works cited as congestion mitigation and efforts to preserve our short travel time. However, as good as this sounds new roads and expansion just attracts new car trips to add still more cars to the network. This article describes this concept of "induced demand" and how it is now a major item of consideration in the California DOT's decision making process:http://www.citylab.com/commute/2015/11/californias-dot-admits-that-more-roads-mean-more-traffic/415245/?utm_source=nl__link6_111315 ...more »
The road situation in Huntsville - off of 565 and the Parkway - is pretty sad. It speaks volumes (to me at least) that the city is so willing to approve new developments all over the place, and put in the infrastructure (or let contractors do it in 'hoods), but seems to view road maintenance as an afterthought in existing 'hoods and retail development areas. Drive ANYWHERE in Huntsville to see it. All through Hampton ...more »
Huntsville has always been at the forefront of technology Solar roads, http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml are an incredible project that we can potentially implement in a small way and gradually work it up in scale across the city. Start off with parking lots as the experiment and maybe cover the Parkway as the solar roads can keep ice from forming. Check out the web site. it would be amazing to see and we would ...more »
Downtown Huntsville, like most downtown areas, has a traffic and parking problem. I have a solution that has worked elsewhere: Make downtown a pedestrian zone. I'm not talking about banning all traffic / parking from downtown, but a partial solution. Here's how this could work. Let's create designated parking areas around the border of downtown, and create a shuttle that takes people around various locations downtown. ...more »
I'm all for bringing an Amtrak route to Huntsville, but it requires co-operation of other nearby communities, which may fall through. If we cannot get an Amtrak train route to go through Huntsville, a good alternative might be MegaBus. This bus service is gaining in popularity, and we already have a bus stop downtown. Megabus is more comfortable than Greyhound, has low cost rates similar to Amtrak and Greyhound, and ...more »
How about a solar roadway? This is cutting edge technology and would help reinforce Huntsville's high-tech reputation. Companies and individuals looking to move here would see Huntsville as a progressive, forward thinking place to be.