One of the thing many drivers don’t seem to realize about mass transit is that it removes traffic from their commutes. That’s not conjecture: our infrastructure sucks so much, there are often major problems, which function as ‘natural experiments.’ Thursday morning, the DC Metro underwent a massive meltdown, as a train slipped off the tracks near the Smithsonian, and effectively shut down the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines. Naturally, people started to use their cars instead, and here’s what happened:
The red lines are where car traffic is awful. At 10 am, one hour after rush hour supposedly ends. Basically, it was impossible to get from Virginia to DC.
Most of our metro areas are so congested, drivers need mass transit as much as those who use do. If only our political betters would realize this.