Two Swiss economists did a study a few years ago and identified a condition they called “the commuting paradox” – that in choosing where to live, people consistently underestimate the pain of a long commute. As SeedMagazine.com reported:
How does that resonate, Oahu commuters?
SeedMag observed that traffic flow unpredictability is what really gets to us and that “if traffic were always bad, and not just usually bad, it would be easier to deal with.”
Reducing the aggravation factor is nearly every commuter’s goal, and traffic engineers and planners are working on it continuously. Here at Yes2Rail, we’re always quick to point out that when a commuter chooses to switch from driving to riding grade-separated transit, the traffic aggravation factor is reduced to zero.
Grade separation is the key. By being elevated above surface streets and highways, Honolulu’s rail system will provide commuters with congestion-free travel that’s fast, frequent, reliable and safe.
You can download the Swiss study and read about the commuting paradox at your leisure. Here are a couple bullet points from the study’s concluding section: