I’m preaching to the choir here, but if you need any proof that the most simple premise of transportation planning is oblivious to the general population, look no further than the results of an Elon University poll of Charlotte residents reported by the Charlotte Observer last week:
The survey found wide support for relieving congestion by building more roads and building more transit. Just under 77 percent said building more roads would ease congestion, and just under 64 percent said the same for building light rail.
That sound you hear is my head banging against a wall.
It’s an uphill battle, even as Charlotte spent most of the last two decades building a massive beltway only to see traffic congestion increase, people still believe they can build themselves out of a problem.